Book Mountain Spijkenisse - Biography of a Building. MVRDV

Author(s): Nicoline Baartman & Winy Maas

architecture monographs | NAI010

MVRDV's Book Mountain is a building with a mission: to encourage a town populated by the least enthusiastic readers in the Netherlands--Spijkenisse, in South Holland--to switch off their televisions and start reading books again. Former Volkskrant newspaper editor Nicoline Baartman's "biography" of Book Mountain, from conception to construction, paints a picture of the town of Spijkenisse and the political and social contexts in which such buildings are realized. Book Mountain Spijkenisse is the story of an architect with a vision, a revolutionary counselor, the widow of a veterinarian, an art-oriented library director and a visionary hero from India who saves the town. The motives of the protagonists and the context are described in an accessible, straightforward style. Baartman's book offers a fascinating portrayal of life and customs in a new polder town. The story is illustrated with photographs by Marcel Veldman and informative graphics by MVRDV.


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General Fields

  • : 9789462081109
  • : Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi Uitgevers/Publishers)
  • : NAI Publishers
  • : November 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nicoline Baartman & Winy Maas
  • : Hardback
  • : 440