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This Giant Library In China Looks Like A Space Station And Holds 1.2 Million Books

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This Giant Library In China Looks Like A Space Station And Holds 1.2 Million Books

This futuristic library in China looks the design was ripped straight from a sci-fi movie.

See that massive "eyeball" sitting in the center of the room? Stanley Kubrick wishes he had this library when he was shooting _2001: A Space Odyssey.

This is the Tianjin Binhai Library in China which was designed by Dutch design firm MVRDV. Its sleek design holds about 1.2 million books and fills 8 acres of space.

Of course, not all books can actually be reached due to the shelf design that wraps around the room the ceiling. Those books up there are only placement holders the paper version of the books can be accessed from the library's catalogue.

"We opened the building by creating a beautiful public space inside; a new urban living room is its centre," says Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV.

"The bookshelves are great spaces to sit and at the same time allow for access to the upper floors. The angles and curves are meant to stimulate different uses of the space, such as reading, walking, meeting and discussing. Together they form the 'eye' of the building: to see and be seen."

Learn more about the design process from MVRDV's website.

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