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Libraries: Tianjin Binhai Library

In today’s episode we explore the evolution and design of Libraries with Maria Lopez Calleja, architect and Senior Associate at MVRDV. As a design team leader for the firm, Maria will provide unique insight as we also highlight the Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China, designed by MVRDV and Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. Maria discusses inspirations for design, the design process, we touch on a unique criticism of the design, and dig into design concept vs. reality. If you’re not familiar with the building by name, I’m confident you’ve seen photos of it somewhere. The Tianjin library is a somewhat futuristic, yet organic, almost hollowed out space that is wrapped by terraced bookshelves which echo the form of a sphere at the center and create an interior, topographical, landscape whose contours reach out and wrap around the building.

Beyond Tianjin Library, you’ll hear about the history and evolution of libraries, we explore the purpose of a library, discuss complexities, trends, opportunities for the future of library design, and much more!

Project Spotlight:

Exeter Library

Tianjin Binhai Library

Book Mountain

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Show Music:

Intro – “Keep Calm and Chill” by Soundroll

Outro – “Stroll in the Park” by [ocean jams]

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