From afar, the entirety of the Tianjin Binhai Library looks like an eye gazing out to you. The closer you look, the more the library reveals its curiosities.
Its floor-to-ceiling shelves ripple in waves around a glowing orb. Soft white light fills the room, making the library look like it was plucked from the future. Even closer, and the “books” on the shelves reveal themselves to be merely printed on the crevice where bound paper should be. Some books do stock its shelves, but you’ll find majority of it in another room.
The undulating forms that dominate the atrium invite its visitors to roam freely and sit where they please—no tables and chairs needed! Ultimately, the library is a community space, leading its people to its various rooms easily accessible by entrances in the atrium.
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