A Dutch firm, MVRDV, in collaboration with local architects TUPDI, have just completed the Tianjin Binhai Library, China.

The Tianjin Binhai Public Library is one part of a larger cultural complex masterplan. It is located in the cultural centre of Binhai district in Tianjin, a coastal metropolis outside Beijing, China. The library, is one of a cluster of five cultural buildings designed by an international cadre of architects including Bernard Tschumi Architects, Bing Thom Architects, HH Design and MVRDV.

Tianjin Binhai Library, is a 33,700 m2 cultural centre featuring a luminous spherical auditorium, surrounded with floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade. The undulating bookshelf is the building’s main spatial device, and is used both to frame the space and to create stairs, seating, the layered ceiling and even louvres on the façade. The five level building also contains extensive educational facilities, arrayed along the edges of the interior and accessible through the main atrium space.

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The Library was designed and built in a record-breaking time of only three years. It offers space for about 1.2 million books.

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