Sometimes I come across something so perfect that there is not much more to say than Wow.
This is Book Mountain, a library in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands. It was designed by the Dutch firm MVRDV.
On their website they talk about what the role of libraries is in our current world. Their design seeks to make the library a visible, vibrant, cultural forum for this young city.
They wanted the “visibility of the books to act as beacon for accessibility of literature and information.”
From the architect’s statement:
“A magnificent shop window for knowledge, information and culture that unambiguously promotes the idea of reading day and night.”
“At dusk and in darkness, the library changes into an enchanted mountain. Reading lamps, lamps above the book cases and in the alcoves produce a hill of glittering lights.”
all images from MVRDV