Steps and Stacks: 7 Escalating Bookshelves and Home Libraries

This collection, Steps and Stacks, was melded together based on the idea that homes tell a rich story about their inhabitants. Throughout the following seven projects, extensive conservation and dialogue between the architects and clients went into forming these uncommon designs and spaces. Through story-telling, lived experiences and unique family connections, these spaces came to fruition with bookshelves and libraries as central aspects and visual centerpieces of their realities. The results are calming yet deeply vibrant areas, in which both solitude and company feel equally secure. By taking the form of escalating shelves and winding bookcases, these home libraries step into a unique dimension. Seamlessly integrated into their surrounding home environments, these bookshelves alter the traditional library experience, which is often marked by stationary reading. These staircases subvert that assumption by placing books in a realm that is more often occupied by hurried walking and movement. While on the one hand the interaction becomes more fluid and perhaps even transient, the book is also newly involved and present in the chaos of everyday action. House G by Maxwan Architects + Urbanists, Geldermalsen, The Netherlands Located in an old ...
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