MVRDV: book mountain project
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.

MVRDV: book mountain project ‘book mountain’ project by MVRDV image courtesy MVRDV

MVRDV: book mountain project ‘book mountain’ project by MVRDV image courtesy MVRDV

MVRDV: book mountain project ‘book mountain’ project by MVRDV image courtesy MVRDV

MVRDV: book mountain project ‘book mountain’ project by MVRDV image courtesy MVRDV

  • I love the environment that has be created, looks like a real treat. But there is just one thing that should be said

    “Look out Its raining Books!!!”

    Fahro says:
  • A greenhouse for books, I was actually thinking .. seems drab what a lack of enviornment. All libraries promote reading.. this one fetishizes books.

    ! says:
  • also … we all just like the shape leave it at that. Its not about drawing parrelles to some romantic farm house typology past, how post-modern.

    ! says:
  • WTF?!?!?!!??!!!! no more ideas????

    ?! says:
  • I thought books couldn’t have that much light??!!

    Besides that i think it is nice they haven’t gone to a classic library environment!!

    mooi says:
  • proper environment for destroying books and importance of its content

    * says:
  • About the windows they could be UV coated, glass has many other coatings that would protect the books.

    mike says:

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