Open Air Library in Germany Wins 2011 Brit Insurance Architecture Award

March 2, 2011 / 1 Comment

The open air library, situated in East Germany has won Brit Insurance’s Architecture Award in their annual Design of the Year competition. In fact, the library was started assembling 1,000 empty beer cartons by the residents of the place. It evolved in to one of the best and spectacular open air public libraries.

openairlibrary Open Air Library in Germany Wins 2011 Brit Insurance Architecture Award

The project is designed by Karo Architekten in collaboration with local residents.  It revitalizes a post-industrial district in Magdeburg by creating a cultural center and pop-up library. Here, the books are free for you to take and leave 24 hours a day.

The library accepted book donations, during its construction period. These books are now available to borrow any time of day without a membership.

The library was built from the ground up with the support and interaction of the surrounding community, first as a 1:1 model made from beer cartons as we mentioned above.

Designer Architekten gave it the fine finishing strokes by reusing the facade of an old demolished warehouse called Horten.

Perhaps the most significant feature of the library is that it introduces plenty of green space, thereby turning the entire project into an exemplary eco-friendly venture.

Apart from this, the project also comprises a reading cafe as well as a stage that hosts elementary school theater plays, public readings, concerts, and other cultural events.

(Via Inhabitat)