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7 Amazing Green Bookstores and Libraries from Around the World

Posted By Diane Pham On February 11, 2012 @ 10:45 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Eco-Inspiration,Features | No Comments


Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore [4]

El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore [5]

24-Hour Library Built from 1,000 Empty Beer Cartons [6]

Westbury-sub-Mendip’s Phone Booth Library [7]

BiebBus Shipping Container Library [8]

Van Alen Books’ Recycled Door Bookstore Storefront [3]

Greenhouse Bookstore [9]

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Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore [4]

Originally built in 1294, this church was renovated by architecture firm Merkx + Girod [10] as a “brand new” bookstore in the heart of Maastricht [11]. A superb example of adaptive re-use [12], the Selexyz Dominicanen infuses rich and historic architecture with plentiful shelves ripe with information.

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore [5]

The El Ateneo [13] Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires is one of the most spectacular bookstores [4] in the world. Located in the heart of the posh Recoleta bario of the city, the former theater was revamped by architect Fernando Manzone [14] 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.

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24-Hour Library Built from 1,000 Empty Beer Cartons [6]

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 [15], the grassroots project located in Magdeburg, provides residents with a place to congregate, as well as borrow books from the pop-up library [16] which is open 24 hours a day.

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Westbury-sub-Mendip’s Phone Booth Library [7]

Westbury-sub-Mendip’s 24-hour phone booth library [17] 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 [18].

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BiebBus Shipping Container Library [8]

Conceived to help support local Dutch schools that lack the funds or space for a library [19], 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 [3]

Located in NYC, Van Alen Books [20] 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 [21] to design their storefront. LOT-EK [22] 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 [9]

Located in East London, the Greenhouse Bookstore [23] 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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[3] incredible bookstores: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/lot-ek-recycles-doors-into-a-clever-storefront-for-van-alen-books/

[4] an old church cathedral transformed into a stunning space stacked with books: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-church-renovated-into-modern-bookstore/

[5] El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore: http://inhabitat.com/el-ateneo-grand-old-theater-transformed-into-the-worlds-most-ornate-bookstore/

[6] 24-Hour Library Built from 1,000 Empty Beer Cartons: http://inhabitat.com/stunning-open-air-library-pops-up-in-east-germany/

[7] Westbury-sub-Mendip’s Phone Booth Library: http://inhabitat.com/new-uk-library-fits-within-a-phone-booth/

[8] BiebBus Shipping Container Library: http://inhabitat.com/reused-container-becomes-dutch-childrens-library-pop-up-parable/

[9] Greenhouse Bookstore: http://www.lydiafulton.co.uk/text-matter/bookshop/the-story-of-the-shop

[10] Merkx + Girod: http://www.merkx-girod.nl/

[11] Maastricht: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maastricht

[12] adaptive re-use: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/28/garden-museum-by-dow-jones-architects/

[13] El Ateneo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Ateneo

[14] Fernando Manzone: http://www.fernandomanzone.com.ar/

[15] Karo Architekten: http://karo-architekten.de/

[16] pop-up library: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/04/19/lo-teks-recycled-airplane-library/

[17] phone booth library: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/somerset/8385313.stm

[18] libraries: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/28/arabian-library-by-richard-and-bauer/

[19] library: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=library

[20] Van Alen Books: http://www.vanalen.org/books/

[21] Inhabitat favorite LOT-EK: http://inhabitat.com/tag/lot-ek

[22] LOT-EK: http://www.lot-ek.com/

[23] Greenhouse Bookstore: http://thewappingprojectbookshop.com/

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