Tianjin impressive library by MVRDV

Tianjin impressive library by MVRDVImage courtesy of MVRDV

Tianjin impressive library by MVRDV

Designed by european firm MVRDV, the new library is almosted completed and ready to be admired in the Chinese city of Tianjin. This 34.200 square meter building forms part of the new Binhai Cultural Centre, a masterplan designed by German architects GMP. The structure joins four other buildings on the site via a series of “cultural corridors” and it is articulated around a mirrored spherical auditorium, which – alongside the main atrium – offers views of both the interior space and the adjacent park in front of the building.

 

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Alongside the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI), MVRDV decided to design a library as part of a larger plan to provide the city with a new cultural district. The building acts not only as an educational facility, but also as a important connection between the park and the cultural district. The eye “is the center of the library, it hollows out the building and creates, out of bookshelves, an environment to sit, to read, to hang out, to climb and to access, to create an organic social space” explains MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. “In its heart is the auditorium which mirrors the environment, giving a 360 degree panorama of the space inside; a truly reflective and pensive environment” he added. 

 

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The library sits within a sheltered gallery, topped with cathedral-like vaulted arches, which wind their way throughout the scheme. The building’s five levels contain an extensive program of educational facilities, while the subterranean level offers service spaces, book storage and a large archive. The ground floor provides easy access reading areas for children and the elderly, instead of the first and second storeys that consist primarily of reading rooms, books and lounge areas, with the top two floors housing meeting rooms, offices, and computer and audio rooms.

 

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