02 TIAN­JIN CAS­CAD­ING BOOKCASES

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MVRDV, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal ar­chi­tects TUPDI, has com­pleted the Tian­jin Bin­hai Li­brary, a 33,700-square me­tre cul­tural cen­tre fea­tur­ing a lu­mi­nous spher­i­cal au­di­to­rium around which floor-to-ceil­ing bookcases cas­cade. The first and sec­ond floors of the five-level struc­ture con­sist pri­mar­ily of read­ing rooms, books and lounge ar­eas, while the up­per floors also in­clude meet­ing rooms, of­fices, com­puter and au­dio rooms plus two rooftop pa­tios. It took just three years to com­plete con­struc­tion work on the li­brary, which is home to some 1.2 mil­lion books and one of a clus­ter of five cul­tural build­ings con­nected by a public cor­ri­dor un­der­neath a glass canopy.

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