What in wooden box?


“Do not judge a book by its cover”

The concept of the project uses one of the strongest feelings of man – curiosity. It’s always curious to find out, “What’s inside?”

The facade of the portable reading room is a clean wooden surface (cover), thereby depersonalizing it, creating a universal design for placement anywhere in the world. Inside (under the cover) a world full of books, meetings, heated debates and conversations.

The materials used are plywood sheets and wooden beams, the roof is polycarbonate sheets. Construction – wooden frame sheathed with plywood.

The architecture of the reading room allows its visitors to: leave the bike at the bike park, sit down on the way to have coffee, take a book, leave a book, meet friends and relax on the second floor in the lounge area, listen to a lecture and most importantly read, read, READ!


What prompted the project?

The project was developed for the PORTABLE READING ROOMS by BEE BREEDERS. The purpose of the competition was to create a portable reading room.

What informed the choice of a parasite structure that can be inserted in any context?

One of the requirements of the competition was the ability to locate the facility anywhere in the world. We decided to depersonalize / unify our object, so that its image does not associate us with something specific, but only arouses a sense of curiosity and interest in learning what is inside it, thereby making internal space the main thing, and not what is outside.

What role does the book play in our contemporary society? How has this changed in relation to our digital culture?

In our opinion, the role of books in modern society is still of great importance. We ourselves, our friends, work colleagues, people in public transport and on the street still enjoy reading books. Digital culture only added to this the ability to read on electronic devices, which only made the reading process more convenient. It is also worth noting the appearance of written and video blogs, where different people share their impressions and opinions, which once again shows that the culture of reading books is only flourishing.

What does it mean to design a space for reading today?

Today, reading rooms and libraries should not only be places for storing books, but also become platforms where people can meet and discuss topics of concern to them, whether it be a new novel, world events or something else. The book is no longer the main thing, the book is now the initiator of communication and meetings.

What is for you the power of such a space within the dense infrastructure of the city and our hectic everyday lives?

The power of such a space is, of course, in initiating public dialogue. People want to hear, people want to be heard. Space also gives them such an opportunity, as well as the ability to communicate offline, which is so lacking in the modern world.

What is the ultimate objective of this architecture?

The purpose of this architecture is to become for the visitor both a platform for self-expression and a place where you can escape from the bustle of the city into the magical world of books.

What is for you the architect's most important tool?

This is creativity. Architecture itself is utilitarian. Using the same elements (windows, doors, walls, roof, etc.) we can create the same buildings that respond to the same functions. But we do not do this. We “reinvent the wheel” again and again. We express ourselves through architecture, make it part of our worldview. Therefore, creativity is so important for an architect.