Originally built in 1294, this church was renovated by architecture firm Merkx + Girod as a “brand new” bookstore in the heart of Maastricht. A superb example of adaptive re-use, the Selexyz Dominicanen infuses rich and historic architecture with plentiful shelves ripe with information.
The El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires is one of the most spectacular bookstores in the world. Located in the heart of the posh Recoleta bario of the city, the former theater was revamped by architect Fernando Manzone and converted into a shop. Many of incredible architectural details remain, such as the red curtains and the wall sconces. The stage also now hosts a small cafe.
What began as 1,000 empty beer cartons was quickly pulled together by residents in East Germany into an incredible open air public library. Designed by Karo Architekten, the grassroots project located in Magdeburg, provides residents with a place to congregate, as well as borrow books from the pop-up library which is open 24 hours a day.
Westbury-sub-Mendip’s 24-hour phone booth library was a local resident’s solution to the disappearance of the town’s weekly mobile library. Conceived a way to pay tribute to Britain’s iconic phone booth while satiating the curious minds of the township, the classic red booth was recycled into what has now become one of the country’s smallest libraries.