Laboratory of Architecture #3 has just opened a stunning public library whose design was inspired by playground slides. Located in Tbilisi, Georgia, the Mediathek Library’s rectangular shape “floats” off the ground while a large open-air staircase winds around the building’s interior courtyard, giving children plenty of room to run, play and read away from the industrial areas in the neighborhood.

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The project’s aim was to give families a peaceful, but fun place to escape the housing blocks and industrial zones found in the area. Located in the middle of a local park, the building is a contrast of volumes and materials. The main shape of the 12,000 square-foot library is a cantilevered rectangular block clad in a semi-transparent fabric-coated steel, giving the space a light, airy aspect. Lifted 12 meters off the ground on steel stilts, the dynamic building appears to be floating off the ground.

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On the interior, the architects used a typical playground slide as inspiration for the large spiraling staircase that swirls around the open-air courtyard, encouraging kids to run around and explore the building. Mediathek contains a multi-media library for children and adults with various reading spaces such as an open-air round courtyard on the upper floor, which is fenced in by a brilliant blue wall. There are also plenty of play areas, as well as spaces for art exhibitions, lectures, conferences, and concerts.

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Photography © Nakanimamasakhlisi

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