Calling all bookworms. Behold, this is your paradise.
Simply put, MVRDV is a book mountain and library quarter in Spijkenisse’s market square in the Netherlands. The 9,300-square-meter library — a stunning piece of architecture — is contained by a glass structure with pyramidal roof, and stairs let visitors browse shelves upon shelves upon shelves — about 70,000 worth at the moment, though there’s space for another 80,000. One route of about 480 meters leads to the reading room and cafe with views through the glass roof.
While the book mountain is the main attrition, there’s also other types of space, including an environmental education center, meeting rooms, auditorium, office and retail.
Overall, this impressive project took almost three years and 30 million euros to build and opened earlier this month to the public.