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A glass pyramid filled with nothing but books

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Rotterdam has a new public library called Book Mountain, and it's exactly what the name suggests. A pyramid-shaped glass shell several floors designed to look like a mountain made of books. This is exactly the kind of place where the angels in Wings of Desire would have hung out.

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According to My Modern Met:

The public library, located in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam, sits in the market square and serves as an invitation for visitors to come in and take a gander at the giant selection of interesting books shelved within the five-story structure.

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Did they consult the builders of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris? The architects built a super-modern design, all steel and glass, with towers at each corner to house the 'stacks' ... and then someone pointed out that direct sunlight isn't actually very good for rare books. They ended up having to retrofit it with wooden shutters, which rather spoiled the high-tech look they were going for. I'd think that this might suffer from a similar problem.