IN BETWEEN THE BOOKS – A NEW PUBLIC SPACE FOR VARNA This is the new public space of Varna: A building made out of books. Our building materials are the 1.266.000 present and future books that are now scattered around the city. We collect them on the site and then start organizing them following the functional logic of the traditional library: archiving and save keeping of knowledge and providing public access to the collected knowledge. The resulting compact volumes are rotated and oriented, so that the opaque archives shade the transparent public stack and allow it to enjoy a maximum of daylight and views. As the two parts are combined, a third space appears: the void within the stack. This void is a continuous space that grows like a tree from a generous open space at the stem into intimate pockets at the tip of its branches. This is the new public space, ready to be inhabited by the people of Varna. Here they can pursue any of the various activities that a library of the present or the future offers or they can simply find their favorite corner to enjoy the view…and read a book.
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