A stunning library in China with an eye-shaped atrium

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has unveiled its unique designs for Tianjin Binhai Library.

The library combines a sleek glazed façade with an internal structure that curves and undulates, forming an abstract interpretation of an eye.

This contrast between the interior and exterior creates interesting patterns that draw the eye, with an oval-shaped auditorium that incorporates gleaming white contours holding shelves upon shelves of books. These shelves have a secondary purpose as louvers, managing the amount of natural light pouring through the expanses of glass.

Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV, said: ‘The Eye is the centre 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. 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.’

Explore Tianjin Binhai Library in more detail here.


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