The Tianjin Binhai Library designed by MVRDV is a fluid, dynamic space with books that become an integral part of the architecture
by Maria Camilla Scalfi
MVRDV presents the Tianjin Binhai Library at Tianjin, built in collaboration with the Institute of Urban Planning and Design of Tianjin (TUPDI).
The complex of five buildings has involved the collaboration of architects like Bernard Tschumi Architects, Bing Thom Architects and HH Design .
The Tianjin library is part of a masterplan of 120,000 square meters by GMP Architekten that sets out to accentuate the characteristics of the surrounding districts. The building is on five levels: a basement, including service spaces and cataloguing; and a ground floor with the access point of the structure. Once inside, visitors find a large lobby that offers reading areas for senior citizens and children. From this zone, they can continue the explore the cultural complex, reaching the auditorium.
The two upper levels contain: a reading room, a lounge, meeting rooms, offices, audio and computer rooms, and two rooftop courts. With an area of 33,000 m2, the building has a futuristic look thanks to the “eye” placed at the center of the space containing the auditorium.