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An avant-garde library in Tianjin, China, known for its futuristic, terraced bookshelves within a luminous, spherical auditorium.

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This incredible 36,000 square foot library went viral in 2017 for its spaceship-like design and floor to ceiling shelves. Not just a library, it’s a cultural district for the city with a social event space. However, the main draw for tourists is its sheer potential for amazing photographs and videos. While the design is mind blowing, many of the books in the main hall themselves are fake. The books that are useable are in the rooms behind the hall, which have a more traditional library setup. This is a space that’s more for the futuristic aesthetics than actually reading.

booksandbao 5 years ago

Tianjin Binhai Library, also known as the "Eye of Binhai," is a spectacular modern library with an astonishing collection of over 1.2 million books. The library features a unique design with cascading shelves that create a wave-like form, and a luminous spherical auditorium at its center. As one of the most magnificent libraries in the world, Tianjin Binhai Library is a must-visit for any book lover or architecture enthusiast visiting China.

seeker 11 months ago

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