MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute

MVRDV’s 34,000 sqm library dedicated to reading hosts one of the largest library collections in the world. This abundance is proudly displayed in the grandiose foyer that presents books as the key elements of the construction and image of its spaces. The obsessive vortex of balconies, stairs and shelves animates a pulsating belly in which every space is filled with books; everything gravitates around a luminous sphere concealing an auditorium. Above this globe, a zenithal opening brings natural light into the atrium and accessible spaces on the upper levels. The rhythm of the internal landscape appears to extend outside, where the rhythm of the floor to floor heights transitions precisely into the rhythm of the brise-soleil. Near the atrium, two glass eyes on facing elevations dematerialise the building into a glass façade that exposes the view of the interior of the library.

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