The project was realized as the first built prototype of a series of small libraries planned for several locations throughout Indonesia. It aims to address the issue of declining literacy among the population of Indonesiaand rekindle interest in reading. By offering a dedicated space where people can read, learn and have access to different media and courses, the building will act as a popular destination and cultural hub in the neighborhood.
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The Microlibrary was built using simple construction techniques. The first floor of thesteel structure made from l-beams and concrete slabs is clad in an unlikely material-ice cream buckets. The buckets were placed in-between vertical steel ribs and slightly tilted towards the outside to repel rainwater.
Thanks to a mild climate, there was no need to include air conditioning. The 2000 buckets were a cost efficient solution which lets daylight reach the interior and facilitatesnatural ventilation. This was achieved by combing open and closed buckets in a specific pattern that conveys an embedded message in the form of a binary code. The Mayor of Bandung, Ridwan Kamil coined the message “buku adalah jendela dunia”, which means “books are the windows to the world”.
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