Impressive Book Mountain Reinvents Library Design

Impressive Book Mountain Reinvents Library Design

MVRDV have designed an incredible building in the Netherlands where texts are encased in a glass pyramid.

Emma Hutchings
  • 5 october 2012

Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV have completed the ‘Book Mountain’ in Spijkenisse, the 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. There, a cafe and reading area offer panoramic views over the Dutch town.

Impressive Book Mountain Reinvents Library Design

The ‘Book Mountain’ is both an advertisement and an invitation for reading. 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.

Impressive Book Mountain Reinvents Library Design

The exterior of the transparent library refers to the traditional Dutch Farm, a reminder of the town’s agricultural past. Another reference to this is the library’s bookshelves, which are made of recycled flowerpots. The new library is part of a larger plan to strengthen and intensify the town centre. MVRDV have also designed the ‘Library Quarter’, a neighbouring development of 42 houses for a local housing corporation.


+building design
+Media & Publishing
+the netherlands

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