July 15th, 2010

new romantic.

News: Book 'Ark' at the V&A

Not so very long ago I was fretting over my overflowing bookshelves and how to fit my over-sized library in the space allocated.  As I was poking around the Internet, I found some great photos of a new installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.   Running through the end of August, 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces features architects from around the world creating small structures suited to different themes and ideas of refuge in the modern world.  I wish I could go to London and see the mini-constructions.  There's so many cool ideas, including a teahouse, a transparent tree, and best of all...the Book Ark.



   

A towering structure of bookcases with a staircase spiraling up the interior, the plain white of the book pages matches the color of the plain wooden shelves perfectly, so from the outside the shelves are relatively plain.  But ascend the stairs into a riot of color, with six thousand books crammed in the tiny space.  (I wonder how well lit it is inside.  The photos on the museum's website look kinda dark, but they are taken with a cell phone.)

To see more photos and a couple of videos, hop on over to the V&A's website and check out their blog:
http://www.vam.ac.uk/things-to-do/blogs/11-architects-build-small-spaces/filling-tower-books 




1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces Official Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/architecture/smallspaces/index.html
Curator's Blog for 1:1 Architects Build Small Spaceshttp://www.vam.ac.uk/things-to-do/blogs/11-architects-build-small-spaces
photos sourced from Curator's Blog