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Gather ‘Round for the First Photos of MVRDV’s Legendary “Book Mountain”

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(This one’s just a rendering!)

MVRDV’s vitreous temple to reading – majestically nicknamed “Book Mountain” – broke ground two years ago in Spijkenisse, Netherlands. As with their other projects, the design for the Spijkenisse public library cheekily rearranges conventional architectural forms into brazenly eccentric configurations. This time, the Dutch firm chose to amass bookshelves and brick terraces into a massive ziggurat encased in an overarching, wood-and-glass bell jar (complete with touches of Ford-Foundation-esque indoor landscaping). MVRDV’s renderings tend to incite a brand of “I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see-it” skepticism, looking more like architectural fantasies built on The Sims than real life propositions. But now, we’ve come across the first photos of Book Mountain. And you said it was just a myth!

Photo via JONAS KLOCK’s flickr.

Photo via JONAS KLOCK’s flickr.

- Kelly Chan

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