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Tianjin Binhai Library

15 Fukang Rd, Nankai Qu, China
+86 22 2362 0082

Tianjin Binhai Library

The Tianjin Binhai Library opened in October 2017 and received 10,000 daily visitors in its opening week. It’s easy to see why it’s such a popular destination for book and architecture lovers—the five-story futuristic building features 33,700 square meters of space, an otherworldly eye-shaped auditorium, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and room for 1.2 million books. While the spherical atrium is a sight to behold, much of its “book mountain” is decorated with printed images of book spines rather than physical paperbacks. Beyond the avant-garde auditorium, the young library still has a large collection stored in other spaces, which include meeting rooms, reading rooms, and lounges.—Miranda Smith