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China Opens World’s Coolest Library With 1.2 Million Books, And Its Interior Will Take Your Breath Away
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China Opens World’s Coolest Library With 1.2 Million Books, And Its Interior Will Take Your Breath Away

Nobody likes to be watched while they’re trying to read a book, but we’re willing to make an exception if it means getting to visit this stunning new library in China, because as you can see below, the incredible structure has a giant spherical auditorium in the middle that looks just like a giant eye.

Located in the Binhai Cultural District In Tianjin, the five-story library, which was designed by Dutch design firm MVRDV in collaboration with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) and has since been dubbed “The Eye of Binhai”, covers 34,000 square metres and can hold up to 1.2 million books. Taking just three years to complete, the library features a reading area on the ground floor, lounge areas in the middle sections and offices, meeting spaces, and computer/audio rooms at the top. We’re not sure how much studying we’d get done though – we’d be far too busy marveling at the awesome architecture!

This isn’t the first time we’ve written about the endlessly creative MVRDV. Click here to read about their giant scaffold staircase and here for their beautiful market hall in Rotterdam.

More info: MVRDV

Update: Turns out, most of these futuristic-looking floor to ceiling shelves are painted to look like they’re full of books, but in reality, much of the covers in the hall are printed images. The real books are stored in other rooms in the building.

Watch the video for more info:

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Hazel Waring
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks like it would be a nightmare to get to a specific book!

Daria B
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They probably have it on their computer database and indications where to find it, if you're looking for something specific. It might be tiring, though, to pick a random book

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Jef Bateman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is an interesting design, but it doesn't seem warm, homey, and comfortable--which is what I like when I sit down to read a book.

Laury M.
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's also not your own culture, which can give a completely different vibe to the Chinese than it would a Westerner.

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Mangoes'nRum
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very nice looking library building. I wonder if those books in the upper shelves are simply there for show. There doesn't seem to be a way to reach them unless you're a rock climber. However, I think I prefer traditional library buildings. I believe they are far more silent because of the shelving. This one could prove to be really loud and distracting.

Pan Da
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

On the upper "shelves" the books are painted on the wall, you can see it in the video

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Hazel Waring
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks like it would be a nightmare to get to a specific book!

Daria B
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They probably have it on their computer database and indications where to find it, if you're looking for something specific. It might be tiring, though, to pick a random book

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Jef Bateman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is an interesting design, but it doesn't seem warm, homey, and comfortable--which is what I like when I sit down to read a book.

Laury M.
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's also not your own culture, which can give a completely different vibe to the Chinese than it would a Westerner.

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Mangoes'nRum
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very nice looking library building. I wonder if those books in the upper shelves are simply there for show. There doesn't seem to be a way to reach them unless you're a rock climber. However, I think I prefer traditional library buildings. I believe they are far more silent because of the shelving. This one could prove to be really loud and distracting.

Pan Da
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

On the upper "shelves" the books are painted on the wall, you can see it in the video

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