Reading spaces: the book as an architectural element

Reading spaces: the book as an architectural element

Vac-Library / Farming Architects. Image © Thai Thach, Viet Dung An

Well beyond basic education, reading is a hobby that is part of modern society. Whether outdoors, in squares and parks, at home or even at work, this habit, which improves reasoning ability and mental health, already had large spaces dedicated to books in palaces and private hotels. We have selected 15 projects that demonstrate the different ways of integrating reading at different scales and architectural programs.

Library / SpaceTong pavilion (ArchiWorkshop).  Image © Juneyoung LimAníbal Building / Bernardes Arquitetura.  Image © Leonardo FinottiLibrary Cereso Femenil / Proyecto Reacciona AC Image © Héctor Padilla FerrarisCasa com Pequena Biblioteca / Hiroshi Kinoshita and Associates.  Image Cortesia by Hiroshi Kinoshita and associates+ 16

The internet and digital media have changed our relationship with physical books and also with reading spaces in general. If in the past books occupied large and luxurious libraries, today it is possible to integrate reading spaces at different scales and programs, ensuring that this habit continues to exist in a more accessible way.

Free pavilions in open and public spaces, libraries in institutional and commercial spaces, and domestic reading spaces are some of the ways to introduce books and the habit of reading into everyday life. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate reading spaces into different projects:

Reading in public spaces

Library Pavilion / SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop)

Library / SpaceTong pavilion (ArchiWorkshop).  Image © Juneyoung Lim
Library / SpaceTong pavilion (ArchiWorkshop). Image © Juneyoung Lim

Vac-Library / Farming Architects

Vac-Library / Farming Architects.  Image © Thai Thach, Viet Dung An
Vac-Library / Farming Architects. Image © Thai Thach, Viet Dung An

Reading rooms / Fernanda Canales

Reading rooms / Fernanda Canales.  Image © Jaime Navarro
Reading rooms / Fernanda Canales. Image © Jaime Navarro

Read in institutional spaces

Library Cereso Femenil / Proyecto Reacciona AC

Library Cereso Femenil / Proyecto Reacciona AC Image © Héctor Padilla Ferraris
Library Cereso Femenil / Proyecto Reacciona AC Image © Héctor Padilla Ferraris

Livsrum – Cancer Counseling Center / EFFEKT

Livsrum - Cancer Counseling Center / EFFEKT.  Image © Thomas Ibsen
Livsrum – Cancer Counseling Center / EFFEKT. Image © Thomas Ibsen

The City of Books and Images / Alejandro Sánchez García – Taller 6A

The City of Books and Images / Alejandro Sánchez García - Taller 6A.  Image © Jaime Navarro
The City of Books and Images / Alejandro Sánchez García – Taller 6A. Image © Jaime Navarro

Reading in workspaces

Aníbal Building / Bernardes Arquitetura

Aníbal Building / Bernardes Arquitetura.  Image © Leonardo Finotti
Aníbal Building / Bernardes Arquitetura. Image © Leonardo Finotti

Writings of ABB / IT’S Informov

Writings of ABB / IT'S Informov.  Photo © Rafaela Netto
Writings of ABB / IT’S Informov. Photo © Rafaela Netto

Almoznivila Office Studio / almoznivila

Almoznivila / almoznivila office studio.  Image © Walter Gustavo Salcedo
Almoznivila / almoznivila office studio. Image © Walter Gustavo Salcedo

read at home

Garden bookcase / Mjölk Architekti

Garden library / Mjölk Architekti.  Image © Barbora Kuklikova
Garden library / Mjölk Architekti. Image © Barbora Kuklikova

Bookcases Home / Workshop D+Y

D+Y Home / Workshop bookcases.  Photo © Donghai Guo
D+Y Home / Workshop bookcases. Photo © Donghai Guo

Annex House of Books / Siqueira + Azul Arquitetura

Annex House of Books / Siqueira + Azul Arquitetura.  Image © André Nazareth
Annex House of Books / Siqueira + Azul Arquitetura. Image © André Nazareth

Fusion Scales

Guha Architecture Workshop / Realrich

Guha / Realrich Architecture Workshop.  Image © Ernst Theofilus
Guha / Realrich Architecture Workshop. Image © Ernst Theofilus

House with a small library / Hiroshi Kinoshita and Associates

Casa com Pequena Biblioteca / Hiroshi Kinoshita and Associates.  Image Cortesia by Hiroshi Kinoshita and associates
Casa com Pequena Biblioteca / Hiroshi Kinoshita and Associates. Image Cortesia by Hiroshi Kinoshita and associates

Book Strolling House / Todot Architects and Partners

Book Strolling House / Todot Architects and Partners.  Photo © Jinbo Choi
Book Strolling House / Todot Architects and Partners. Photo © Jinbo Choi

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