Tour this groovy new terraced Chinese library


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/11/06/tour-this-groovy-new-terraced.html


#2

That’s fine as a piece of art, but I hope I never have to use a library like that.


#3

It’s not usable, in any normal sense.


#4

A lot of those shelves seem to be purely decorative? In that they are not at all reachable?

Behind the funky curved walls of the atrium that the video focused on, I suspect you’ll find a whole lot of traditionally constructed stacks.


#5

It’s stickers… they made fake books to decorate…

A bit kitsch if you ask me.


#6

Fixed that for you :slight_smile:


#7

Nah - those books are all real. The top shelves just have all the banned books so they can say, “Technically, they aren’t banned, look, they are in the library.”


#8

Looks to me like the message is “Here in most beautiful library are lots of books just out of reach”


#9

So how do you get the books to, y’know, read them? Wizardry? Telekinesis? Flying robots? The Force™? There’s stairs to about halfway and then they sort of… end?

It’s sights like these that make me wonder what precisely goes on in the heads of architects.


#10

Angels.

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#11

Might there be a hallway or other access on the other side?


#12

This is about as frustrating as fake Japanese display food.


#13

Wild cocaine parties. Also Bourgeoisie. Lots of that.


#14

Not one book in there about the Tianamen Square Massacre guaranteed.


#15

Others are at foot level, just right for slowly destroying books by accident.


#16

There’s more info on this here: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/11/04/mvrdv-tianjin-binhai-public-library-giant-eye-china-winy-maas/

Particularly:
"Fast-tracking the process caused a few design headaches. The upper shelves directly above the atrium are currently unreachable, after planned access rooms were dropped – a decision MVRDV said was taken by the local team against their advice. As a result, these shelves are covered in perforated aluminium plates that printed to look like books. They are cleaned using a system of moveable scaffolding and ropes.

The firm said they hoped that their “full vision for the library may be realised in the future”.
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#17

High shelves? Easy. When called for, everyone in the library must form a compulsory human pyramid – for the common good.


#18

Visually stunning. But a practical nightmare.

“Form Follows Function” fully forgotten?


#19

As originally intended by Dr Seuss, visitors are issued a telescoping poles equipped with a grabber which they use to access the books on shelves near the ceiling as they ride their unicycles.


#20

Haven’t you heard? Modern people don’t read books in libraries. (Modern people hardly read at all for that matter.) The reasons why they’d go to a library are as follows:

  • To eat their lunch (while pretending, if needed, not to be eating)
  • For well lit and nice looking (and ‘smart’) selfie backdrops.
  • For the free A/C
  • For the free WiFi
  • To let their kids romp around freely and safely (and without having to clean anything up)
  • For various social gatherings agreed upon on FB, or insta, whatsapp, what’sev. (which is fine I suppose)