Impressive Book Mountain Reinvents Library Design
MVRDV have designed an incredible building in the Netherlands where texts are encased in a glass pyramid.
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.
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.