Students at Latvia's RTU International Architecture Summer School built a temporary library from recycled materials this summer. Designed to supply books for reading, borrowing and exchanging, the Story Tower is located in one of the busiest parts of the city Cēsis. Constructed in just two weeks, the miniature library was made from locally-sourced timber and is topped by a silver roof made from recycled Tetra Pak juice cartons.
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.”