Coolest place to read a book in China if not the world? Look no further than Tianjin Binhai Library (also known as the Eye of Binhai).
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Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute, along with Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, has designed the trippiest and coolest futuristic library in the sprawling metropolis of Tianjin, a city on the northern coast of China, in an effort to provide a cultural district for the city.
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The Dutch firm’s approach to design reads that they are “pursuing a fascination for radical, investigative spatial research focusing on the urban landscape, the public realm, and the influence of architecture on the everyday lives of its inhabitants and users.”
This philosophy is very evident in the design of this building, which gives its visitors a variety of wide white-washed open spaces spanning five floors. There’s also a curving, sheltered gallery, and a spherical auditorium in its center, mirrored on the inside, giving a 360 degree panoramic view of its exterior. It even has climbable bookshelves where you can sit, read, hang out, and possibly make an attempt at reading its 1.2 million books.
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Having read up a little about Tianjin geographically, the design of the library seems to reflect Tianjin’s creation itself, having been formed in ancient times by sedimentation of various rivers entering the sea at Bohai Gulf. Before that, it was open sea. The layering of the library’s walls reflects the layers of sediment forming the foundation of the city and wave like shapes of the sea, wrapping around its almost galactic centerpiece.
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