MVRDV’s Book Mountain Wins Prestigious Red Dot Design Award

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MVRDV’s “mountain of books” in the center of ’s town market square has just been announced as winner of the internationally acclaimed for “high quality design” in the Architecture and Urban Design category. The jury selected MVRDV’s Book Mountain from 4,662 entries submitted from 54 countries, lauding the project for its “exceptional quality and refined detail solutions”.

More information on the building after the break…

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Serving both as advertisement and an invitation for reading, the illuminated glass walls of Spijkenisse’s new public library has been a significant and effective addition in a community with 10 percent illiteracy. Not only does the design offer a spectacular reading library, but the building also houses an environmental education centre, a chess club, auditorium, meeting rooms, commercial offices and retail. Clever stacking of the buildings commercial functions produces its pyramidal form, which in turn, is wrapped in the library’s 480 meters route along bookshelves to its peak where a café offers panoramic views over Spijkenisse. Underneath the library’s barn shaped glass envelope the book gains a strong educational presence in this formerly agricultural community located close the docks of the Port of Rotterdam.

The building was officially opened last October by Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands (more information and images here).

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All winners, comprising a total of 2,000 products in 19 categories, from architecture to lighting design and entertainment technology, will be on display from 2 – 28 July 2013 in the exhibition “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2013” in the red dot design museum at the world heritage site of the Zeche Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, Germany.

Book Mountain at Spijkenisse market square © via MVRDV

The red dot award is granted annually to designs which stand out for their exceptional quality and refined detail solutions. The award dates back to 1955 and is now the world’s largest and most distinguished design competition. It breaks down into the three disciplines ‘red dot award: product design’, ‘red dot award: communication design’ and ‘red dot award: design concept’.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "MVRDV’s Book Mountain Wins Prestigious Red Dot Design Award" 27 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>