Tiny library gets tons of attention

This tiny timber library was one of the 10 winners of the 2017 Ontario Association of Architects Awards, announced last week. 

Located in Newmarket, Ontario, this is Story Pod by Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc. 

This 2.4-meter wide pod is a book-sharing library where community members can drop off their books and borrow others. Situated outside, near the town’s civic square and a walking trail system, the Story Pod’s walls open to reveal bookshelves and seating. 

During the day, two of the walls pivot open like the covers of a book, welcoming people inside or to gather around the front.  Visitors can take or leave something to read, or lounge quietly on the built-in seating. 

At night, when the doors are locked, recessed, energy efficient LED lights, powered by concealed, self-sustaining solar panels on the roof, glow through the lattice work like a lantern, providing ambiance for night markets or community events. 


For more photos of Story Pod, see AKB’s website here.

Selected from more than 140 submissions, ten projects won Design Excellence prizes in the 2017 Ontario Association of Architects Awards.

The recipients of the 2017 Ontario Association of Architects Awards, plus those of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award, Michael V & Wanda Plachta Award and the to-be-determined People’s Choice Award, will be recognized at the 2017 RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture in Ottawa on May 27. 

You can vote for Story Pod or your favorite project for the People’s Choice award at the Ontario Association of Architects. Voting closes on April 24.

Check out the other winners of the 2017 Ontario Association of Architects Awards at Azure Magazine.

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One Response to Tiny library gets tons of attention

  1. That is a very innovative design for a library. Is there security to prevent book theft? We have do wooden structures with security in mind which you can see here: http://www.beaverlogcabins.ie/log-cabin-garages-stables

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