MVRDV: Book Mountain

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on October 11th, 2012

There are a few architecture firms whose activities I monitor frequently as they always seem to be involved in innovative projects that transcend the day-to-day operations of the firm. Winy Maas’ MVRDV, one of the most interesting and inventive firms around, has emerged at the forefront of debates surrounding the nature of urbanism and the built environment. I recently came across images of MVRDV’s “Book Mountain” project in Spijkenisse in the Netherlands. This incredible, mammoth display of books occupies the town’s market square and the multi-level structure soars to the top of the building’s pyramid-shaped roof. MVRDV’s design for the library is quite the compelling advertisement for reading and model of community engagement. At the top of the structure, visitors will find a reading room and a cafe with views outside through the building’s transparent roof.


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