The new library in Tianjin is simply stunning
Whether or not you agree that white is an unusual colour for the interior of a library, you’d be hard-pressed to think of anywhere more elegant.
This is the new library in the centre of the Binhai Cultural District in Tianjin, China. Designed by Dutch firm MVRDV, the central section, with its giant sphere and waves of shelves flowing upwards, is meant to represent an eye.
The sphere itself contains an auditorium, while the ground floor is catered to those of limited mobility; specifically there are areas designed for those with young kids, and for elderly and/or disabled customers.
MVRDV describes the library as “one part of a larger cultural complex masterplan”, which sounds mildly Bond-villain.
The idea within the library is that the shelves on the lower levels echo the shape of the sphere and will lead browsers upwards towards the final, hellical section of the building. At the very top, they’ll find offices, meeting rooms and audio-visual suites.
It only took three years to build and, while it isn’t yet stocked full, eventually it will hold 1.2 million titles. If you take one to the spacious reading or study areas, good luck not being distracted by your surroundings!