The newly opened Tianjin Binhai Library is designed by a Rotterdam based architectural firm MVRDV, in collaboration with Chinese local architects from TUPDI (Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute). The library is a 33,700? cultural centre, featuring a luminous spherical atrium with bookshelves lining the walls, from floor to ceiling. The five-story space resembles a three-dimensional eye from the outside, presenting the concept of the project “Eye of Binhai”.
The massive bookshelves that contour the walls were designed to hold large quantity of books. Nevertheless, upper-level bookshelves are replaced with printed perforated aluminium plates to fill in the inaccessible spaces.
MVRDV specialises in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. Its work is exhibited and published worldwide, and has received international awards.