MVRDV complete futuristic Tianjin library with cascading bookshelves and enormous mirrored 'eye'

The angles and curves are meant to stimulate different uses of the space, such as reading, walking, meeting and discussing
– Winy Maas, MVRDV co-founder

Dutch architects MVRDV have completed the Tianjin Binhai Library in China, a 33,700sq m (362,700sq ft) cultural centre featuring a luminous spherical auditorium which doubles as an enormous mirrored ‘eye’.

Floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade organically around the auditorium, forming the building's main spatial device, while also creating stairs, seating, the layered ceiling and louvres on the façade.

The five-storey building holds 1.2 million books, which can be taken to a multitude of reading rooms, lounges and educational spaces arrayed along the edges of the interior and accessible through the main atrium space. Subterranean rooms make room for book storage, a large archive and rooms for public events.

The oval opening entrance to the site is propped open by the giant reflective eye, creating an interior landmark that enlarges the perceived space within and looks out at passers-by.

“The Tianjin Binhai Library interior is almost cave-like with its continuous bookshelf,” said Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV. “Not being able to touch the building’s volume, we ‘rolled’ the ball-shaped auditorium demanded by the brief into the building and the building simply made space for it, as a ‘hug’ between media and knowledge.

“We opened the building by creating a beautiful public space inside – a new urban living room is its centre. The bookshelves are great spaces to sit and at the same time allow for access to the upper floors. The angles and curves are meant to stimulate different uses of the space, such as reading, walking, meeting and discussing.”

The Tianjin Binhai Library – designed with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI), interior designers TADI and lighting designer Huayi Jianyuan, and built by Sanjiang Steel Structure Design – has been constructed in just three years as part of a larger plan to provide an arts district for the city – a coastal metropolis outside Beijing.

The library, located adjacent to a park, is one of a cluster of five cultural buildings within the Binhai Cultural Centre, masterplanned by German architects GMP.

Designed by an international team, including Bernard Tschumi Architects, Bing Thom Architects and HH Design, these buildings are connected by a public corridor underneath a glass canopy.

MVRDV are working on several other big projects in China, including a sports and cultural complex in Shenzhen and a huge public park and cultural zone in Shanghai.

MVRDV  Tianjin  China  library design  architecture  Tianjin Binhai Library  Winy Maas 
Related stories

MVRDV win competition for Shanghai Future Park showcasing nature, culture and entertainment

MVRDV to transform Gothenburg riverside warehouse into vibrant cultural hub

Building or valley? Construction begins on MVRDV's green-topped Amsterdam leisure complex

MVRDV to add to Rotterdam's 'Manhattan on the Maas' with mixed-use towers linked by 'hotel air bridge'

MVRDV's Seoul Skygarden of 24,000 plants and trees opens above South Korean capital

MVRDV win competition for 'fun and human-centric' Shenzhen sports and culture complex

MVRDV design gold-tinged Paradise City entertainment zone for Seoul

MVRDV's new library features a giant reflective 'eye' at its heart

'Vagueness should be killed': MVRDV's Winy Maas calls for more clarity in architecture

Dutch architects MVRDV have completed the Tianjin Binhai Library in China, a 33,700sq m (362,700sq ft) cultural centre featuring a luminous spherical auditorium which doubles as an enormous mirrored ‘eye’. Floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade organically around the auditorium, forming the building's main spatial device, while also creating stairs, seating, the layered ceiling and louvres on the façade. The five-storey building holds 1.2 million books, which can be taken to a multitude
CLD,VAT,HAM,AAC,ARC,DES
Floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade organically around the auditorium, forming the building's main spatial device / Ossip van Duivenbode
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7487     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7487     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Starpool
Starpool is recognised as a leading company in spa design. Along with its business model based on careful planning, excellent products and outstanding services, Starpool is introducing its idea of wellbeing to the world.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
The architecture features clean lines and a diamond shape designed to represent the Dolomite mountains
"Wellness embraces the entire holiday experience"

The design of the newly-opened Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomitti in Italy aims to celebrate and protect its spectacular surroundings

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
CF Møller’s Storkeengen climate adaption project will see the creation of a new public nature park
"Funding woes and murky timelines are common problems. It can be easier to make a difference one small project at a time"

From parks designed to mitigate the effects of flooding to warming huts for one of the world’s coldest cities, these projects have been designed for increasingly extreme climates

Manuelle Gautrand
"The cities where you have good cultural buildings and facilities – it’s a way for people to mix, to share the city in a much deeper way"

The French architect and winner of the 2017 European Prize for Architecture tells us why she is determined to surprise

features
"The technology involved in paint is extraordinary"

Used cleverly, colour has the power to influence how people use the spaces they inhabit, says the creative director of Dulux

SHL managing director Sanne Wall-Gremstrup (right) and Perkins+Will CEO Phil Harrison
"Most clients are very focused on how buildings are used and experienced as the primary design driver"

The MD of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and the CEO of PerkinsWill tell us why their merger will help create smarter buildings driven by human behaviour

Francis graduated as a landscape architect in Belgium. He returned to Lebanon in 1993
"I believe gardens are where the soul rests"

With a focus on desert landscapes and collaborations with Zaha Hadid and OMA, the principal of Francis Landscapes has a deep belief in the power of nature

cladkit product news
BIG partners with Louis Poulsen for new lighting collection
The Keglen collection is made up of four different pendants
Lauren Heath-Jones
BIG Ideas, the technology arm of renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), has partnered with Danish lighting manufacturer Louis ...
Naval architect launches solar-powered floating pods
The Anthénea pod is a luxury floating suite that could be used as a spa or treatment suite
Lauren Heath-Jones
Naval architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle has designed a solar-powered floating hotel suite aimed at offering an eco-friendly and nomadic place for ...
1885 Lounge at St Mary's Stadium celebrates Southampton FC's history
Rainbow Design worked closely with KSS Architects to ensure the furniture matched the design vision
Lauren Heath-Jones
KSS Architects has partnered with Rainbow Design, a London-based furniture supplier, to create the 1885 Lounge at St Mary's Stadium, ...
cladkit product news
Metalline transforms London hotel with bespoke aluminium fins
The aluminium fins will form the façade of the upcoming Minories Hotel in Aldgate, London
Lauren Heath-Jones
Metalline, an architectural metalwork specialist based in the UK, has created a range of bespoke 3D twisted metal fins for ...
John Pomp Studios expands Tidal collection
The Eclipse Pendant light was inspired by the lunar eclipse
Lauren Heath-Jones
John Pomp Studios, a design practice based in Philadelphia in the US, has expanded its Tidal collection to include five ...
Daniel Svahn creates furniture collection using repurposed table tops
The Goodies But Oldies collection features three pieces made from repurposed MDF table tops
Lauren Heath-Jones
Daniel Svahn, a Stockholm-based furniture designer, has created a new range of sustainable furnishings, made from recycled MDF tabletops. Svahn, ...
cladkit product news
Space Popular creates video installation for the Gwangmyeongmun Gate in South Korea
Gate of Bright Lights was designed to show visitors how screens and digital interfaces have replaced physical objects the gateway between us and the rest of the world.
Lauren Heath-Jones
Multidisciplinary design firm Space Popular has created a video installation for the Gwangmyeongmun Gate at the Deoksugung Palace in Seoul, ...
XTU concept imagines life in the clouds
XTU's X Cloud concept is part of the Future and the Arts: AI, Robotic, Cities, Life - How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo
Lauren Heath-Jones
XTU Architects, a Paris-based architecture firm, has released images and renderings of X Cloud, a new concept that showcase a ...
Canteen collection combines nostalgia with modern aesthetics
The Canteen collection was inspired by post-war British design techniques
Lauren Heath-Jones
Very Good & Proper (VG&P), a British furniture brand, has curated a new dining collection that combines traditional woodworking techniques ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates