22 mar. 2013

Library by Tsai Design Studio

Community Library in Cape Town, SA














The design for the Blikkiesdorp Library uses available resources such as pallets and containers to create an organic pattern that sets itself apart from the grided layout of the township.
The circular enclosure is intended to create a safe area for kids to play, learn and read. The simple layout tries to capture two essence of reading, namely the power of imagination and the power of knowledge.
Starting from the container library, the journey of reading extends into an intimate Reading Garden, and continues along a maze-like route made of hundreds of stacked pallets, leading to a big open space where a Secret Garden full of Trees of Knowledge can be found. The Secret Garden is a community space for kids made up of stacked seatings that can either double as an amphitheater or as a stage for events.

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