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Dramatic Design
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14 November 2017

The dramatic architecture of the Tianjin Binhai Library was designed by MVRDV. Boasting a floor-to-ceiling bookcase cascade, this phenomenal library is definitely offering more than what you can read.

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The library was built in a record-breaking three years due to the tight schedule imposed by the municipality. It consist of media rooms and obviously the bookshelves, which offers space for 1,2 million books.

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The bookshelf is the building’s main feature; it is used to frame the space, to create the stairs and the (amazing) layered ceiling. I love everything about the design, and it’s practical!

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The bookshelves are not only featured on the sides of the room, but also against the ceiling, creating an illuminated topography. The shapes continue along the glass facades that leads to the outside park and the public corridor.

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But, that’s not all! The library is a five-level building offering educational facilities, reading rooms and lounge areas. The bookshelves are great spaces to sit and at the same time allow for access to the upper floors.

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The inspiration of the design comes from an eye and if you look closely, you can speculate that the auditorium serves as the pupil.

The pure white contours really works for me!

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“We opened the building by creating a beautiful public space inside; a new urban living room is its center. The angles and curves are meant to stimulate different uses of the space, such as reading, walking, meeting and discussing. Together they form the ‘eye’ of the building: to see and be seen”, says Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV.

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