Gallery: Book Cell: Octagonal Building Made Entirely From Books!


Architecture is knowledge, history, research and trend. This is literally evident in Book Cell, an octagonal building made entirely from books that was installed in the Modern Art Center in Lisboa. Slovakian artist Matej Kren built an octagonal framework, filled it with books and removed it, leaving a symmetrical, enclosed room of stacked literature.

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  1. asi_ka May 13, 2011 at 3:22 am

    honestly, I think printed books are a waste of resources, and this is cleverly showing that they value nor more than bricks. We should go paperless, everywhere, if you actually put it down you’ll see that it even makes sense in poor communities.

  2. ZugloiTankonyvcentrum March 26, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Thank you for posting this article. Lately we’ve been looking for interesting ways of books’ “alternative usage” and have started posting them (of course indicating the source link as well) on our bookstore’s facebook page at

  3. Koger March 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    JTruth, I recommend reading the above article. The books were stacked, not attached, and then returned to the collection from whence they came. No books were harmed in the making of this art installation.

  4. JTruth February 24, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Honestly, I think this a great peace of art, but, what I hope is that these books are blank, because regardless of the language printed on these books I guarantee there are people whom could have used the books to learn and keep their mind sharp, especially the children of the future generations whom will finish the roads we have begun to pave in all aspects of this world.

    – JTruth

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