Digital Systems

Kilometer long LED strip lights give the atrium of the new Tianjin Binhai library a futuristic look

Binhai library – Tianjin, China

Copyright: © Ossip van Duivenbode, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Copyright: © Ossip van Duivenbode, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Copyright: © Ossip van Duivenbode, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Copyright: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, © Ossip van Duivenbode

The new Binhai library in Tianjin Province, China is one of the city’s highlights thanks to its futuristic architecture. In its atrium, bookshelves wind up from the floor to the high ceiling like a terraced landscape. VALUE Flex LED strip lighting from OSRAM Digital Systems emphasizes every contour and provides perfect staging for this artistic space. In other areas of the library, LED luminaires from OSRAM Lighting Solutions provide a reliable and highly efficient service.


Category: Museums & Education
Subcategory: Luminous ceiling/decorative backlighting
Location: Tianjin Binhai, China
Technology/Services: Light engines and LED modules
Year: 2018

Binhai New District is an innovation zone within the city of Tianjin and part of a major prestige project funded by the Chinese government. This is the setting for the new library which combines various earlier libraries under one roof. In keeping with the political status of the new zone, the library building was accorded prestige futuristic architecture with great expressive power. Visitors step into a stunning bright white atrium. A huge sphere in the middle of the atrium symbolizes the eyeball of the Binhai New District. The curved walls accommodate the seemingly never-ending terrace-like bookshelves. The very top bookshelves, inaccessible to visitors, are filled with dummy books and extend right into the ceiling relief, supporting the Chinese proverb “书山有路勤为径, 学海无涯苦作舟” which means there is no short cut in learning; diligence is the path to the mountain of knowledge and hard work is the boat to the endless sea of learning.

VALUE Flex – for contours of light

VALUE Flex LED strip lights enhance the organic lines of the atrium. With a total length of almost 7 km, they trace every shelf and every curve in natural white light (4,000 K), neatly defining the unique contours of the atrium. Despite the complex structure of the space, the VALUE Flex LED strips were easy to install thanks to their practical connectors and the fact they could be trimmed to length, which made them highly versatile. The high-quality single-bin LEDs in the VALUE Flex modules exhibit minimal color deviation so they produce a consistent faultless lighting effect. And not least, the strips also offer impressive energy efficiency. Second generation VALUE Flex was installed in the Binhai library and now the third generation is on the market with even better color consistency thanks to the constant-current IC solution.

LEDCOMFO – energy efficient and durable

The other rooms in the library feature the extremely reliable LEDCOMFO luminaires from OSRAM Lighting Solutions – the first choice not least because of their high energy efficiency and their very long life. Around 700 LEDCOMFO downlights illuminate corridors, WCs and washrooms. In the reading areas 600 LEDCOMFO batten luminaires provide the ideal lighting for the printed word. And in the stockroom 700 extra-low-profile LEDCOMFO panels create good working conditions.

The right solution whatever the application

With its extensive portfolio of LED luminaires and modules, OSRAM can offer the ideal solution whatever the requirements: from high-class flexible LED strip lights that can follow any outline to efficient high-quality lighting for service rooms.

Project Partner

Photographer© Ossip van Duivenbode
Costumer© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Architects MVRDV Rotterdam-Shanghai in cooperation with the local architecture firm TUPDI, Tianjin