I remember the excitement I had as a child, going to the local library and checking out a gazillion books for free. There is just nothing like the quiet and calm energy a library provides for you to read your favorite book.
China's has taken this experience to a whole new level with their new library in Tianjin. Made up of 34,200 square feet of glass, the Tianjin Binhai Public Library is 5 stories tall. The building was designed to have three different areas of interaction; the think zone, the watch zone and the interact zone.
The atrium of the library looks like one giant 3D eyeball that's staring out at you. The eye acts as the main focal point that draws people into the center of the library.
A visitor can hang out in the auditorium or the ground floor reading area. They can also visit the first and second floors, which have a mind blowing amount of books to choose from.
MVRV designed the library to have a cave-life motif that gives readers the impression that the bookshelves never end. Not only is it a beautiful design, it is also for a very useful reason. The shelves also act as stairs and give the reader some where to sit and enjoy their book.
The design will really leave you wondering if you have to climb the walls to get to the book you are after. Fortunately, it's all an illusion created by the superb design.