Modeled after a giant wooden lamp and made entirely from donated and recycled materials, the Story Tower has a roof of 2250 shingles made from Tetra-Pak milk cartons folded and assembled like tiles on top of the timber structure. Eco-friendly and very lightweight, the reflecting roof protects the books and readers from rain and strong sunshine.
The semi-permanent structure is currently standing at Cēsis’s old town square and will remain on site until the main library re-opens in 18 months. With shelves integrated within the tapered walls, the books were placed on the lower levels so kids and adults can reach them easily.
In the design brief, the team explains their concept: “[The Story Tower] is a place where books can be deposited before making a journey, exchanged after finishing a journey or simply borrowed while waiting for a bus.”