Good Reading : May 2015
COFFEE TABLE The University of Aberdeen library serves 14 000 students and houses more than 250 000 books and manuscripts. Its 15 500m2 of floor space offer 1200 reading areas, as well as archives, historical collections and a rare-books reading room. Dutch firm 24H>architecture designed this library and entertainment complex for children at the Soneva Kiri resort in Koh Kood, Thailand. The library area boasts comfortable pillows, a cosy suspended pod, and a net for lounging. The complex also houses a cinema, art and music rooms, chill-balcony and slide. The bamboo dome is designed to resemble a manta ray. Much of the bamboo is sourced locally, as is the river red gum wood used in the interior. Portuguese artist Marta Wengorovius’s peripatetic One, Two, Many project, designed with architect Francisco Aires Mateus, features a tiny shed-like library intended to be used by only one person at a time. It stocks 60 books and Wengorovius’s goal is to move it to a different location every year. that has been outfitted to look like a tank. The activist who owns this library, which is covered with books instead of camouflage, drives around Buenos Aires and offers books to passers-by.