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.