Must-visit places for book lovers

by Valentina Ieva
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Love to read? If you're looking to enter into a storybook and live a literary life, or if you identify as a book lover yourself, you should visit one of these places for great inspirations. There is something that makes reading more enjoyable when you have someone to share it with. All book lovers know how amazing is the smell of a opened novel. So, just visit these places with your favorite novel and have a different experience altogether.

 

Book and Bed Tokyo

Here, guest goes into a book shelf as a room, and it looks like someone is living inside of a bookshelf. And ordinary actions in their life also make "newness."

 

The Library 

Distractions are kept to a minimum at this graceful hotel complex set in 6,400 square metres of lush Thai beachfront in Koh Samui. Interiors follow the minimalist palette and feature low-slung, rectilinear furnishings that invite visitors to stretch out and listen to the lapping of the waves – or of course dive into the books in the exemplary library, the properties namesake.  

Bibliobus

The project reveals a conceptual vision for a new public library, which would be housed in a waste tram at the “Otets Paisiy” Street in the town of Plovdiv. The project offers a new life for a small city square, which has lost its main function through the years. 

OpenAir Library

The aim was to create new and to enhance existing social networks. In collaboration with the local residents the fallow zones of the former village library were developed as a “bookmark”. Rememberance, history and narratives provided the background for the “re-occupation” of the abandoned expanse. An old empty shop was used as base for a temporary library and camp for a building workshop. The shelves are never closed - the library is opened for 24 hours a day.

D'Espresso

Inspired by the nearby Bryant Park Library, nemaworkshp designed a store that is straightforward in a simple twisted way – Take a library and turn it SIDEWAYS. The booklined shelves become the floor and ceilings and wood floor ends up on the walls meanwhile the pendants protrude sideways from the wall.

Alphabet Library

Hoffice combined the different functions of the program into a single object in order to create a new dialogue between the tables and the library and a continuous flow through the entire space. The tables bend around the back wall to form the library with each piece of the puzzle referencing a letter of the alphabet. The field of tables resonates with the lighting of the existing ceiling to form its “shadow”. At night the edge of the corian material used throughout is back lit and makes the ceiling, the library and tables appear as one.

Gothenburg City Library

Gothenburg City Library receives over one million visitors every year. It is a natural meeting place and a strong cultural institution, which over the years has grown out of its premises from the 1960s. After a major conversion, the library has now been extended and has been given a new, more open façade. The library has obtained new wings and more room for meetings, learning, culture and work. LINK architecture is the interior designer for the tenant and the millions of visitors to the library's nearly 13,000 sqm.

Casa Kiké

The bright and open library at Casa Kiké in Cahuita, Costa Rica is one bibliophile's unique retreat. It was designed by architect Gianni Botsford, of the London-based firm Gianni Botsford Architects, for his father Keith Botsford, who is a writer.

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    • Valentina Ieva

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      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al cuore di natura elettrica’!)

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    Book and Bed Tokyo

    Toshima / Japan / 2015

    The Library 85

    The Library

    Koh Samui / Thailand / 2007

    Bibliobus 12

    Bibliobus

    Plovdiv / Bulgaria / 2011

    OpenAir Library 12

    OpenAir Library

    Magdeburg / Germany / 2009

    D'Espresso 73

    D'Espresso

    New York / United States / 2010

    Alphabet Library 3

    Alphabet Library

    Montpellier / France

    Gothenburg City Library 5

    Gothenburg City Library

    Gothenburg / Sweden / 2014

    Casa Kiké 17

    Casa Kiké

    Cahuita / Costa Rica / 2007