Giant and Gorgeous Library in China Mostly Filled With Fake Aluminum Books

©. ossip van duivenbode via designboom

We love libraries, the genesis, the heart and soul of the sharing economy. Libraries save my family thousands of dollars; my wife volunteers at our local branch, where it is a hub of activity and education. But I have never seen anything like this.

MVRDV library

MVRDV are brilliant but sometimes challenging architects. Wini Maas is quoted in Designboom:

‘The Tianjin binhai library interior is almost cave-like, a continuous bookshelf,’ says Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV. ‘Not being able to touch the building’s volume we ‘rolled’ the ball shaped auditorium demanded by the brief into the building and the building simply made space for it, as a ‘hug’ between media and knowledge.’

I am not the only one who is impressed. Unfortunately, all the books on those upper shelves (which are pretty hard to reach anyway) are fake, perforated aluminum plates. They were supposed to be accessible from rooms behind the shelves, but they ran out of time and money.

obirary plan

It's all about the show anyway. "‘The bookshelves are great spaces to sit and at the same time allow for access to the upper floors. The angles and curves are meant to stimulate different uses of the space, such as reading, walking, meeting and discussing." More photos in Designboom.