The Book Mountain – Public Library for Spijkenissse, Rotterdam

Image courtesy of MVRDV

The Book Mountain is the new public library for Spijkenissse, The Netherlands, and recently opened its doors on 4th Oct.

Encased in a glass pyramid, it sits on the market square next to the historical village church in Rotterdam and is shaped like a book mountain occupying some 9,300 sq. m. with pathways, staircases and terraces forming a 480 m. long spiral trail running through five floors of bookshelves towards the pyramid’s apex which houses a cafe. Developed by Arcadis in collaboration with MVRDV, the library won an award for the use of invisible integrated technology with is innovative climate system, combining use of natural ventilation and sun screens in summer, under-floor heating in winter and other innovative technologies (such as underground heat and cold storage) to provide a comfortable and stable interior environment.

The library aims to act as a reference and reminder on the agricultural past of Spijkenisse.  Its bookshelves are mad of recycled flowerpots and other building materials included recycled brick, glass and wood.

To read more about this project, visit these links: Library images and MVRDV article. Here’s MVRDV’s animation on the construction of this library.

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Director, Civica Library & Learning ... got teleported from the academic library space to the commercial library space in 2005 ...
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