Earlier this month, we shared images of an incredible, neon-soaked cinema in Berlin. And we’ve just come across another staggering public space which has been built with modern usage in mind. Designed to resemble a 3D eyeball, take a look at the stunning Tianjin Binhai Public Library in China.

This Library in China Is Designed to Resemble a 3D Eyeball

Constructed by Dutch architecture firm, MVRDV, the Tianjin Binhai Public Library is the newest part of a cultural district in Tianjin, China. Characterised by jagged white walls which double as book shelves, the library is designed around 3D eyeball which stares out through the building’s glazed façade.

The library’s eye shape is formed by five-storeys of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, staggered at different levels. But the curved walls aren’t purely for aesthetics, they also provide areas where visitors can sit and read. The library also houses education facilities, as well as reading areas for children and the elderly on the ground floor. The library also features two rooftop terraces.


The 33,700-square-metre building was MVRDV’s fastest project completion to date having completely it from first sketch to opening in just three years. The fast process did, however, cause some issues. The supper shelves in the library are currently unreachable as access rooms were ditched during construction. This means that these shelves are covered in perforated aluminium plates that are printed to look like books.


The library was one of five buildings commissioned by the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute to form a new cultural centre in the city. All five cultural spaces are connected by a public corridor sheltered beneath a glass canopy.

Found out more about the Tianjin Binhai Public Library or any of MVRDV’s works by heading to the MVRDV Website.




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