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Spiral Shaped Library of a primary school in Amste...

Spiral Shaped Library of a primary school in Amsterdam

Designed by Studio Dave Keune

This library for a primary school – Fiep Westendorp was to create an environment that excites and tempts the children to read books again despite these digital days. The result is spiral shaped bookshelves that curl through the space.

 

The spiral starts high and slopes down while making its turns. The result is spiral shaped bookshelves that curl through the space. The spiral starts high and slopes down while making its turns.

The height of the shelves corresponds with the age of the children. For the elder ones the adventure starts right away, during their journey also the smaller ones can find their books. On their way they pass a small and cozy reading corner. The youngest pupils find their books in the middle of the shelf where a librarian is also situated there to help them if necessary.

The spiral is interrupted a couple of times to give an overview to the librarian and to create a route in the space. Part of it leads to the computer workstations that are mounted on a large desk 7 meters is width.

The bookcase was created out of 153 different parts to achieve a smooth three dimensional turn all top shelves were created one by one. The spiral consists out of 90 meters of bookshelf, 2 magazine bookshelves, a central desk, a tiny reading area, 10 computer workstations, 3.5 meter of additional magazine racks and 3.5 meter of cupboard.

Design Firm: Studio Dave Keune

Project Name: Fiep Bieb

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Area: 50 SQ.M.

Status: Completed in June 2011

Category: Library, Schools

Designer in Charge: Dave Keune

 

Additional Credits

Photographs: Raoul Kramer

All project images are © Architecture firm/Design firm/Student and Photographer mentioned respectively. The text is provided by the Architecture/Design firm/Student which may have been edited as per the editorial discretion.

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