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“There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners”
– Antonio Gaudi
Tianjin Binhai Library, a 33,700 sq.m cultural centre featuring a luminous spherical auditorium around which floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade. The undulating bookshelf is the building’s main spatial device and is used both to frame the space and to create stairs, seating, the layered ceiling and even louvres on the façade. Tianjin Binhai Library was designed and built in a record-breaking time of only three years due to a tight schedule imposed by the local municipality. Next to many media rooms, it offers space for 1,2 million books.
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