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This Street Library In Bulgaria Encourages People To Read
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Architecture4 years ago

This Street Library In Bulgaria Encourages People To Read

“Rapana” is the first street library in Varna, Bulgaria created by a team of young architects and designers.

Nowadays young people’s lives are almost entirely based around the digital era and this decreases the popularity of books among this generation. A team of architects and designers (Yuzdzhan Turgaev, Boyan Simeonov, Ibrim Asanov and Mariya Aleksieva) decided to do what they can to partly solve this issue by building a street library.

Varna is a city located at the seaside and is often called “The marine capital of Bulgaria”. This is the main reason why the chosen concept shape of the library resembles the shell of a sea snail. The design was inspired by nature and its organic shapes. The installation takes into consideration the most important aspects of the city’s identity – the sea and its value to Varna’s citizens. The abstract construction unravels from a single focal point and develops into a semi-circle whilst creating a public space and shelves for placing books at the same time.

“Rapana” was designed using the parametric design tools Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper, which give architects the possibility to try different shapes and variations. Using the software, the team tested over 20 variations, changing the number of vertical and horizontal wooden pieces and their width and height. We ended up with the final design, fitting the budget and the open library’s concept, providing easy access for the readers, sitting spaces, plus a tiny stage for street artists and lounge sessions. Using the Rhinoceros 3D tools the construction was divided into pieces, which were produced using a CNC machine from a 250 x 125 cm. wooden sheets. The street library was built using 240 wooden pieces and the full capacity of the library is 1500 books.

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Isabel
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4 years ago

In the Netherlands where I live there are at least three little local libraries like this, from a bookcase with lid (against the elements) connected to a wall on the street to bookcases in grocery stores that have coffee corners to a whole room at a railway station (Utrecht CS). They're hopping too. Yay for books! Beautifully made library at Varna btw ;)

Zori the degu
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4 years ago

I should travel to Varna to see that, I love books and I didn't have the chance to properly explore the city when I went there a few years ago. God, my country is small but interesting things happen every now and then and it's hard to keep up to date even if you love to travel.

Kara Witham
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4 years ago

I want this in my city!

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Isabel
Community Member
4 years ago

In the Netherlands where I live there are at least three little local libraries like this, from a bookcase with lid (against the elements) connected to a wall on the street to bookcases in grocery stores that have coffee corners to a whole room at a railway station (Utrecht CS). They're hopping too. Yay for books! Beautifully made library at Varna btw ;)

Zori the degu
Community Member
4 years ago

I should travel to Varna to see that, I love books and I didn't have the chance to properly explore the city when I went there a few years ago. God, my country is small but interesting things happen every now and then and it's hard to keep up to date even if you love to travel.

Kara Witham
Community Member
4 years ago

I want this in my city!

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