Alexandrian library, as opposed to the Lighthouse or the Egyptian pyramids, has not got to the List of miracles of a classical antiquity. But the Library Book Mountain + Library Quarter of the studio MVRDV may well claim to be a modern architectural marvel. Moreover, it has much in common the above objects. For example, it is the repository of books is in the form of the pyramid!
Probably not in the world more inspiring architects to creative facilities than the library. In different countries, and then there are real masterpieces of architecture and engineering, is created to store in them books and information. Here is another such extraordinary facility was built recently in the Dutch town of Spijkenisse, not far from Rotterdam.
Book Mountain + Library Quarter – is a complex of library facilities, located in the Market Square Spijkenisse. But his main element is, of course, the glass pyramid in which the library is located! Total area of the building is 9300 square meters. This space is a huge bookcase designed benches. So that from the side it resembles a step pyramid.
And, on the ledges that you can walk – a continuous 470-meter track runs along all the bookshelves and ends on the roof of the enclosure. Suitable where small cafes where you can sit with a small volume found, read it while sipping coffee, tea or juice.
I must say that the Book Mountain + Library Quarter – is not only, in fact, a library. A whole array of structures related to each other, where you can find educational center on environmental issues, conference rooms, classrooms, offices, eating establishments, retail space, a hotel and even social housing (42 apartments).
It also has a multi-level parking and landscaped recreational area. + Library Book Mountain Quarter – a new Spijkenisse city center, where residents of the suburb of Rotterdam can not only relax, but also to gain new knowledge.