In an increasingly digital age, many are predicting that books are going to go the way of the dinosaur, since many young ones are just as comfortable with a screen as they are with a real book. While reducing paper waste and transportation impacts is a great idea, there's something lost with the impersonal glow of a tablet or e-reader. So, the book isn't dead yet, with many people still preferring to hold a volume that they touch, smell and flip through.
Hoping to create a reading space that is both engaging and entertaining, Monterrey, Mexico's cultural commission Conarte brought on design and branding firm Anagrama and project developer Artiplano to create an eye-catching book display that not only stores reading material for sale, but also acts as a space that envelops readers in books.
It's a book-themed escape pod, says Roberto Treviño, a partner and architectural director at Anagrama, on Co.Design:
The idea was to evoke the feeling of detachment with the external world. It's just you, the books, and this fantastic space. It really creates an amazing reading experience.
The self-supporting structure consists of a series of rhomboid-shaped shelves, made out of pine wood. The shelves are built like an optical illusion, giving the impression of length, depth and height that is emphasized by the glowing arch at the rear.
A series of steps leads people up and down the geometric shelf structure, which also double conveniently as seating. Adjacent to the geometric book display is a small book shop.