Book lovers rejoice—there’s a literal mountain of 70,000 books covered in a glass shell for you to explore in the Netherlands. This magnificent library is called Book Mountain. It was designed by architecture firm MVRDV for a market square in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam.
Book Mountain was officially opened in 2012. It’s a 100,000 square-foot structure made of a giant glass and timber outer shell that contains a five-story pyramid of stacked shelves holding thousands of books. By day, the vast library is filled with natural light, and by night, it’s lit up to become quite the spectacle.
The design also features a lot of physical elements like pathways, spiral staircases, and terraces that form a 1,500 foot-long route throughout all the levels. At the very top, visitors can sit, read, relax, and appreciate the gorgeous view of surrounding town.
The flowing openness of the building is meant to symbolize accessibility to literature and learning. This is definitely a bucket-list travel location for a bookworm!