Created by Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Ark is a free-standing wooden tower accessed by a spiral case that connects two floors of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The façades of the tower consist of hundreds of shelves, holding thousands of books, which visitors can browse. The books can be read in private chambers within in the structure.
The tower is part of the ‘1:1 — Architects Build Small Spaces’ exhibition at the V&A, which runs until the end of this month. In this V&A video, the architects talk about their practice, the book tower and its installation:
(via Apartment Therapy)
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