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MVRDV: book mountain + library quarter, spijkenisse
oct 04, 2012
MVRDV: book mountain + library quarter, spijkenisse


‘book mountain + library quarter’ by MVRDV, spijkenisse, the netherlands
image © jeroen musch
all images courtesy of MVRDV

rotterdam-based MVRDV
has just completed the ‘book mountain + library quarter’ centrally located in the market square
of spijkenisse, the netherlands. a mountain of bookshelves is contained by a glass-enclosed structure and pyramidal roof
with an impressive total surface area of 9,300 square meters. corridors and platforms bordering the form are accessed by a network
of stairs to allow visitors to browse the tiers of shelves. a continuous route of 480 meters culminates at the peak’s reading room
and cafe with panoramic views through the transparent roof. any possible damage caused to the books by direct sunlight is
offset by the expected 4 year lifespan of borrowed materials.

additional functions including an environmental education center, meeting rooms, auditorium, offices and retail take place on site.
taking the form of a traditional dutch farm to reference the agricultural roots of the village. the encompassing district integrates
42 social housing units, parking and public spaces to form a neighborhood. the masonry exterior of adjacent structures is introduced
into the interior with brick pavers for the circulation spaces.

see our original coverage when this project was unveiled here.


view from market square
image © jeroen musch


stairs lead to different levels to allow access to the mountain’s shelves
image © jeroen musch


image © jeroen musch


seating and reading spaces border the mountain formed with bookshelves
image © jeroen musch


a reading room and cafe are positioned at the peak
image © jeroen musch


image © jeroen musch


upper level corridor
image © jeroen musch


upper level corridor
image © jeroen musch


exterior of the glass-enclosed mountain
image © jeroen musch


at night
image © jeroen musch

project info:

total budget incl. parking: 30 million EUR
start project: 2003
start construction: may 2009
opening: october 2012
public part library: 3500 m2
environmental education centre: 112 m2
chess club: 140 m2
back office library: 370 m2
retail: 839 m2
commercial offices: 510 m2
length book shelves: 3205 m total (1565 m for lending, 1640 m archive)
amount of books: currently 70.000 and space for another 80.000
the cover is 26 m tall and spans 33,5 m x 47 m
parking: garage with grey water basin and 350 spaces
client: gemeente spijkenisse
user: openbare bibliotheek spijkenisse, milieuhuis spijkenisse, schaaksportvereniging spijkenisse
architect: MVRDV, rotterdam, nl
client housing: de leeuw van putten housing corporation
installations: ARCADIS nederland, amersfoort, nl
structure: ABT i.o.v. ARCADIS nederland, amersfoort, nl
contractor: VORM bouw, papendrecht, nl
technical architect: studio bouwhaven, barendrecht, nl
book shelves: keijsers interior projects, horst a/d maas, nl
glass: brakel atmos, uden, nl
wood cover: de groot vroomshoop houtbouw, vroomshoop, nl
interior advices: roukens + van gils, gouda, nl
material book shelves: klp, lankhorst, sneek, nl
climate, acoustics: dgmr, arnhem, nl
lighting: arup, amsterdam
lamps: viabizzuno, bologna, it
foam furniture: feeks

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