Diane Pham

7 Amazing Green Bookstores and Libraries from Around the World

by , 02/11/12

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BiebBus Shipping Container Library

Conceived to help support local Dutch schools that lack the funds or space for a library, this splendid double decker BiebBus can pull in, pop up, and help rev up kids’ imaginations.With a transparent floor, cool lights, and huge portals for kids to see out, the BiebBus gets kids clamoring with excitement when it comes time to visit the library.

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Van Alen Books’ Recycled Door Bookstore Storefront

Located in NYC, Van Alen Books specializes in both architecture and design books. To give their space an edge reflective of the ideas within, the bookstore commissioned Inhabitat favorite LOT-EK to design their storefront. LOT-EK created an interesting green design, using recycled doors to make a long, layered staircase in the center of the space. The steps also provide seating and more shelf space.

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Greenhouse Bookstore

Located in East London, the Greenhouse Bookstore is a special space that encourages readers to check out a wide collection of limited edition photography monographs, books on contemporary art, design, fashion, advertising and cooking, and a selection of international magazines. The repurposed greenhouse was set on a lush lawn between bulbs and bamboos, and is kept warm and cozy during winter with a wood burning stove for year-round enjoyment.

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