|MVRDV designed the recently opened Book Mountain, in Spijkenisse, the Netherlands. Photo: © Jeroen Musch|
|The prismoid exterior of the new library. Photo: © Jeroen Musch|
The library -- named Book Mountain -- is a crisp geometric form comprising a rectangular base finished in brick and glass, that seamlessly transitions into a pyramidal, glazed hip roof. Located in the centre of Spijkenisse, the 9,300-square-meter (100,100-square-foot) building also stands along the traditional market square, next to the historic village church.
In addition to the library, the building houses an environmental education centre, and a chess club, as well as auditorium, meeting, commercial, and retail spaces. Much of the commercial space forms the base on which the library functions sit. According to MVRDV, the exterior of the library echoes in shape of a traditional Dutch Farm, a reminder of the town's agricultural past.
|Photo: © Jeroen Musch|
|A reading room located at the top of the ziggurat. Photo: © Jeroen Musch|
|Reading space at the perimeter of the book stacks. Photo: © Jeroen Musch|
The building's vaulted space is not air conditioned. Instead, shading and natural ventillation provide for the library's summer cooling needs, while winter heating is provided by an under-floor system.
In several general respects, the building's diagram is reminiscent of the Seattle Public Library (2004), in Seattle, Washington, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. However, the Spijkenisse Book Mountain is clearly a simpler and more staid implementation, and one that may well be appropriate to the needs of Spijkenisse.
|The brick-clad housing units and plaza adjacent to the library. Photo: © Jeroen Musch|