The adorable Story Pod by Atelier Kastelic Buffrey is part lending library, part reading nook, part public art piece and completely adorable. Tucked in a Toronto suburb, the wood-clad box provides local residents with a place to exchange books or read the latest page-turner. At night, the pod can be closed up into an 8-foot square box that glows from within, providing not only security for the library, but also a brilliant solar-powered landmark that complements the nearby Main street and riverside trail.
The designers created the box to have a minimal amount of waste during construction by using standard dimensions of plywood and lumber. The exterior is clad in lumber slats that were placed at varying widths to create visual interest and to emphasize light where it is needed and limit it where it isn’t. The pod is powered by rooftop solar panels that illuminate LED lights inside, which create the lantern-like effect when the pod is closed.
When the pod is open, readers can take, leave or exchange books using the honor system. There is also space to sit down for a bit to read. At night, the glowing box provides illumination and a visual marker for people visiting the area. The concept is based on similar public library pods, like the Little Free Library model.