MVRDV: book mountain project
may 29, 2009
MVRDV: book mountain project


‘book mountain’ project by MVRDV
image courtesy MVRDV

construction has just begun on dutch firm MVRDV‘s ‘book mountain’ project
the new public library with a surface of 10,000 m² will be located in the inner
city of spijkenisse, netherlands. in addition to the book collection and reading areas,
the library will accommodate commercial facilities, offices, an auditorium,
conference rooms, and exhibition spaces.

the exterior of the building refers to a traditional dutch barn style typology, in shape
and choice of material; as a memento to the agricultural history of spijkenisse village,
now a suburban area of rotterdam with statistically a low average of readers.
 
the library is designed to advertise reading. by stacking facilities such as offices,
meeting rooms and auditorium vertically, terraces of different sizes emerge upon
which the book shelves are positioned creating a grand book mountain. the terraces
are linked by staircases to form a route that curves around the mountain to the top,
where a panoramic view of spijkenisse awaits.
 
the book mountain is covered by a glass shell, creating a bell jar, an open-air library.
the bell jar is a climate-controlled public space. solar protection (as used in greenhouses),
natural ventilation and an underground heat storage system provide for comfortable
conditions all year round.
 
the new public library is part of a greater scheme for the inner city of spijkenisse.
in order to strengthen and densify the inner city, MVRDV’s has proposed a series
of apartment buildings which reflect the local typology though on a larger scale.
the entire new complex including the public spaces will be clad in brick.
completion of the library and the apartments are expected september 2011.


‘book mountain’ project by MVRDV
image courtesy MVRDV


‘book mountain’ project by MVRDV
image courtesy MVRDV


‘book mountain’ project by MVRDV
image courtesy MVRDV


‘book mountain’ project by MVRDV
image courtesy MVRDV

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library