With how far we’ve come with technology, some people may just be tempted to think that libraries are already of no use nowadays. Besides, we can easily access many important information on the internet with the use of a computer or even a smartphone.
Well sure, there’s that but it still holds true that nothing compares to the feeling of holding and actual book and sitting in a library – especially if it is as awesome as China’s newly-opened Tianjin Binhai Library.
Located at the Binhai Cultural Center, the massive Tianjin Binhai Library looks something straight out of a sci-fi film.
Designed by Dutch architecture firm MVRDV in collaboration with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI), this huge modern library is actually part of the city’s plan to enhance the cultural district.
The Tianjin Binhai Library spans an impressive 362,744 square feet of space (33,700 square meters) and has about 1.2 million books available for its patrons. Additionally, the library’s center features “an enormous spherical auditorium that accentuates its futuristic theme,” according to NextShark.
Consisting of five floors, the enormous library offers books on almost every corner.
In an interview with Dezeen, MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas shared:
“The Eye is the centre of the library. It hollows out the building and creates, out of bookshelves, an environment to sit, to read, to hang out, to climb and to access, to create an organic social space.
“In its heart is the auditorium which mirrors the environment, giving a 360-degree panorama of the space inside; a truly reflective and pensive environment.”
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If you love books and libraries, the Tianjin Binhai LIbrary is definitely one place you should stop by in case you ever visit China. Do tell us what you think by leaving a comment below!
6,000-Year-Old Skull Belongs To The World’s Oldest Tsunami Victim
The skull could have been the world’s earliest tsunami victim.
Tsunamis in the past were stronger, bigger and more catastrophic than the ones we experience today. This calamity could wipe out an entire population in an instance and until today, people are still not aware of how a tsunami forms and how it ravages the coastlines.
Thousands of years ago, tsunamis were already causing havoc among populations across the globe. A new evidence shows that a 6-000-year-old skull unearthed in Papua New Guinea in 1929 belongs to an ancient person and now, the oldest known tsunami victim in the world.
The Aitape skull was discovered in 1929.
Dogs May Actually Protect Against Childhood Asthma And Eczema
More reasons to love dogs!
In the past, dogs have been dubbed as sources of allergens that could trigger asthma attacks and eczema bouts. It has been a known fact that some dogs may lead to allergies but now, a team of scientists are claiming the exact opposite - dogs actually protect babies against asthma and eczema.
Two new studies have shown that dogs may protect kids from eczema and asthma, giving people more reasons to love dogs. The first study reveals that babies who were born in a home with a dog during pregnancy have received protection from eczema, which is a type of skin allergy.
Moreover, the study shows that the protective effect of the dog goes down by the age of 10.
Chinese Dog Eaters Use Blow Torch to Roast Canines as Owners Find Their Pets Missing
This is disgusting!
Eating dogs is a practice that is generally frowned upon, even condemned. See, society is not comfortable with the idea of people eating man's best friend even though it's okay to eat farm animals such as pigs, chickens, and cows. Learning that a certain group of people are eating dogs is enough to make us hungry for blood, what more if you learn that these dogs are being roasted?
You can only imagine how these Chinese dog owners felt when they saw their missing canines about to be roasted for food. The authorities have raided an illegal dog meat shop after its workers were seen roasting canines using a blow torch. The China Animal Health Inspection received calls from animal lovers and dog owners in Changsa whose pets have gone missing.