Nobody likes to be watched while they’re trying to read a book, but we’re willing to make an exception if it means getting to visit this stunning new library in China, because as you can see below, the incredible structure has a giant spherical auditorium in the middle that looks just like a giant eye.
The awe-inspiring structure was developed by the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV. Past projects are evidence of the firm’s limitless creativity. In addition to creating the Jenga towers in Vienna, the group produced the Skygarden in Seoul. Now, they’ve unveiled the impressive library.
Located in the Binhai Cultural District In Tianjin, the five-story library covers 34,000 square metres and can hold up to 1.2 million books. Taking just three years to complete, the library features a reading area on the ground floor, lounge areas in the middle sections and offices, meeting spaces, and computer/audio rooms at the top.
Ultimately, this is another fantastically odd architectural achievement from one of the more experimental large scale firms out there.