Mobile libraries are not a new concept -- but this converted shipping container that can transform to double its size certainly is. Conceived to help support local Dutch schools that lack the funds or space for a library, the BiebBus can pull in, pop up, and let kids participate in a parable or two. The design is also a lot of fun -- with a transparent floor, cool lights, and huge portals for kids to see out, the BiebBus makes kids excited to grab a book, kick back, and explore the written word.
Since many of the old Dutch town roads are so narrow, a new idea came to Architect Jord den Hollander.
He saw an opportunity in tricking out a typical shipping container by having it pop up-- revealing a small library below and a reading room above.
The library embraces the digital age with four computer terminals, but it also packs 100 meters of book shelves in its slender interior.
The fun design uses a transparent floor to help light the lower section of the libray and let adults keep an eye on the youngsters above.
OK, thats not the fun part -- the cool effect of the magnifiying floor makes kids look huge, turning the libray into a sort of fun house.
The big old round windows at top and bean bag seats provide the perfect backdrop to sink into a new story.