Gallery: LOT-EK Recycles Doors Into a Clever Storefront for Van Alen Bo...

Who said print was dead? Van Alen Books, specializing in both architecture and design, opened earlier this week, proclaiming the revival of the architectural bookstore. The project was commissioned by the Van Alen Institute and headed by Inhabitat favorite LOT-EK, a New York based architectural firm known for their combination of artful aesthetics with a "gritty," industrial style. Although the space certainly does sell a great variety of architectural books and other diverse topics of interest (they even have a first edition reproduction of Bram Stoker's Dracula for sale), the main idea was to create a space for conversation.

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