The tiny mobile library craze has arrived in Seoul. Local design firm ArchiWorkshop completed four adorable micro-library pavilions to add life and color back to a site formerly occupied by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety building. The project is part of a greater revitalization effort to popularize the surrounding Seoul Innovation Park, a budding hotspot for socially conscious companies and startups.
The design process for the tiny mobile libraries began with the humble cube, a shape derived from Seoul Innovation Park’s cube logo. “The cube is one of the most basic geometry, but yet, it creates dynamic manifold with small changes,” said the architects. To make each cuboid pavilion unique, the architects clad the structures in various colors and finishing materials. However, one of the pavilions, the membrane pavilion, does deviate from the cube shape, and takes on a disc-like appearance, similar to ArchiWorkshop’s beloved glamping tents.
The four mini libraries include: the block-attached pavilion, the pipe pavilion, the mirage pavilion, and the membrane pavilion. All four pavilions contain seating and book displays. The architects liken the 13-square-meter block-attached pavilion to a parasite, and it’s attached to the site’s old, former municipal building at a tilted angle. The nine-square-meter pipe pavilion is covered with colored scaffolding tubes, a concept inspired by the straight trunks of the surrounding trees. The 16-square-meter mirage pavilion is clad in curved and reflective stainless steel panels and skylights that let in daylight. The 40-square-meter sculptural membrane pavilion, which was originally designed as a luxury glamping tent, “express[es] traditional lyricism and dynamism of modern Korea” and lights up like a lantern at night.
Images via ArchiWorkshop