Library of the Future

While libraries in the West struggle with budget cuts and closures, China is building institutions for the future. Looking like it’s straight out of Bladerunner 2049, the new Tianjin Binhai Library occupies five floors of a huge cultural center and is packed with 1.2 million books. Designed by the Dutch MVRDV group, the library is already a popular social gathering spot in the northern port city.

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