Contemporary cultural centre contains spectacular atrium with contoured book shelving system reaching to the ceiling

Take a tour through the Tianjin Binhai Library with this video by MVRDVrotterdam

Photography by: Video by MVRDVrotterdam
The eyeball-shaped auditorium within Tianjin Binhai Library is arch, architecture, building, ceiling, daylighting, daytime, line, structure, tourist attraction, gray
The eyeball-shaped auditorium within Tianjin Binhai Library is framed by an eye-shaped aperture in the double facade’s external wood louvres
With the rise and ensuing saturation of the internet age, the need for libraries as conduits of information has seemed under threat. As it turns out, quite the opposite applies if this sculptural book depository in China is anything to go by. Tianjin Binhai Library – designed by Danish architecture firm MVRDV in association with local architects Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute – is a 33,700m2 library and cultural centre that certainly doesn’t lack public presence.

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Jul 02, 2018

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