The Book Mountain Library in the Netherlands

The Book Mountain Library in the Netherlands

Rotterdam-based MVRDV has recently completed a beautiful architectural design “Book mountain and Library Quarter” located in the market square of Spijkenisse, Netherlands.

The library features bookshelves enclosed in a glass pyramid, with the platforms connected via wide stairs to form a continuous route of 480 meters around the mountain to its peak where a cafe offers panoramic views over the town. Underneath its glass dome, sunlight damage to the books is off-set by their normal 4 year life-span due to wear and tear from borrowing. The exterior of the building refers to a traditional dutch barn style typology, as a memento to the agricultural history of Spijkenisse village.

The new public library is part of a larger plan to strengthen and intensify the town center. MVRDV have also designed the neighboring development of 42 houses for a local housing corporation. The apartments inside the plan vary strongly in size, from studio apartments to housing fit for large families, attracting a more diverse urban population.

The Book Mountain Library in the Netherlands

The Book Mountain Library in the Netherlands

The Book Mountain Library in the Netherlands

The Book Mountain Library in the Netherlands

The Book Mountain Library in the Netherlands

via: Designboom

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