Book lovers, pack your bags – one of the coolest libraries in the world has just opened up in China and it is absolutely gorgeous.
The Tianjin Binhai Library, also called “The Eye of Benhai” because of its mirrored spherical centerpiece depicted above, has opened up in the Binhai Cultural District of Tianjin earlier this month.
Nobody likes to be watched while they’re trying to read a book, but we’re willing to make an exception if it means getting to visit this stunning new library in China, because as you can see below, the incredible structure has a giant spherical auditorium in the middle that looks just like a giant eye.It’s one of the one amazing library’s you will ever see.
The library has been designed by the Dutch design firm MVRDV and covers an astonishing 33,700 square meters.
Stacked from floor to ceiling are selves upon shelves of books, and with a glowing orb in the middle..
For the more practically-minded viewers who are eyeing the books that are out of reach on the taller shelves, don’t worry – the designers used aluminum plates instead of actual literature on the higher terraces in order to keep up with the library’s aesthetic.
The lower levels are made up of children’s play areas, lounges, and reading rooms, while the upper floors are mainly offices and audio, computer, and meetings rooms.