(16 June 2016) A library designed by Dutch firm MVRDV is nearing completion in the Chinese city of Tianjin. The 34,200 square meter building forms part of the new Binhai Cultural Centre, a masterplan designed by German architects GMP. The structure joins four other buildings on the site via a series of ‘cultural corridors’. The library is articulated around a mirrored spherical auditorium, which — alongside the main atrium — offers views of both the interior space and the adjacent park in front of the building. The form of the terraced bookshelves echo the shape of the sphere throughout the atrium, creating an interior, topographical landscape.
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