Mobile libraries are not a new concept -- but this converted shipping container that can transform to double its size certainly is. Conceived to help support local Dutch schools that lack the funds or space for a library, the BiebBus can pull in, pop up, and let kids participate in a parable or two. The design is also a lot of fun -- with a transparent floor, cool lights, and huge portals for kids to see out, the BiebBus makes kids excited to grab a book, kick back, and explore the written word.
Traditionally, portable library buildings would park at schools to offer kids the opportunity to check out books. Since many of the old Dutch town roads are so narrow, a new idea came to Architect Jord den Hollander. He saw an opportunity in tricking out a typical shipping container by having it pop up– revealing a small library below and a reading room above. The library embraces the digital age with four computer terminals, but it also packs 100 meters of book shelves in its slender interior.
The fun design uses a transparent floor to help light the lower section of the libray and let adults keep an eye on the youngsters above. OK, thats not the fun part — the cool effect of the magnifiying floor makes kids look huge, turning the libray into a sort of fun house. The big old round windows at top and bean bag seats provide the perfect backdrop to sink into a new story.