International Architecture Competition

Archhive Books' Portable Reading Rooms

Results

Foreword

Bee Breeders has partnered with ARCHHIVE BOOKS to organize a competition for portable reading rooms that could be easily assembled and disassembled in cities around the world. The intent of the project is to construct a modular book-sharing structure, to promote reading and establish community spaces with free access to printed literature - accessible libraries for adults and children alike. The competition is part of Bee Breeders small-scale architecture appreciation movement.

ARCHHIVE BOOKS is a new print publication series intended to connect architects, startups, investors, entrepreneurs, and both for- and non-profit organizations engaged in various ways of solving topical issues, such as the global affordable housing crisis. With its forthcoming volumes, it hopes to build a new type of community for sharing ideas.

The portable reading room project is one of many projects by Bee Breeders meant to bring together and implement design ideas from around the world. A simple but important space, the portable reading room is also meant to make architecture ideas more accessible. Winners of this design competition were chosen based on their ability to be implemented, and also for their innovative thinking.

Bee Breeders and ARCHHIVE BOOKS would like to thank all participants for their submissions.

1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

NAMELESS SKY Italy

Project authors

Lorenzo Sizzi
Müge Yürüten

jury commentary

The proposal consists of a 9m² wooden open-air platform topped by an enclosure of iridescent foil. Entitled 'Nameless Sky', it contains two interior seats and bookshelves accessible from the perimeter. It is a symbolic project. It forces users to bend down to pick up books or to sit within the structure, emphasizing reading as an act requiring concentration and work. The synthetic sky above is an allusion to one's imagination. The jury was impressed by project's simple representation, yet complex ideas.

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2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

The Reading Corner Hungary

Project authors

Renata Wuerkert

jury commentary

'The Reading Corner' is a modular tent-like structure comprised of 5 wooden panels threaded and held together with a series of light steel tension cables, and topped by a translucent fabric for protection from the elements. The construction offers an intimate reading space. It is also a place to quietly share thoughts or quotations - mobile block letters on tiny shelves can be rearranged by users on a wall embedded with small shelves that hold the text. The jury questions the form and displacement of the book-sharing station from the main structure. However, the project seems easy to fabricate with simple materials, and one can easily imagine this as a popular destination within a park or city plaza.

3RD PRIZE WINNER+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

Floating Books China

University

Nanchang university

Project authors

Wenhao Nie

jury commentary

'Floating Books' makes use of gas-filled balloons to generate a new type of urban landmark that can be easily transported through a city. The structure demands attention - it is other-wordly and ephemeral, and the designer is clearly attempting to attract people to this urban element as a means to generate interest in the books it carries. The intention of the project is admirable, though the jury questions its ability to be implemented in a sustainable way.

BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

ASTRA Lebanon

Project authors

Joanna Abi Nader
Ragheed Abi Hassan

Honorable mentions

Project Name

The Word Weaver Malta

University

University of stuttgart

Project authors

Sacha Cutajar

Project Name

Custom your own library! Korea (Democratic)

Project authors

Youngchan Kang
Dongyeop Kim
Jihan Lee

Project Name

Along the river France

Project authors

Sixtine Bodard
Antoine Bouffard-Hanss

Project Name

BookShell Hungary

Project authors

Davor Robitschko
Réka Komsa

Project Name

Flyleaf United States

Company

Smrt

Project authors

Ashley Lepre
Philip Chaney
Lodrys Gomez
Scott Pakulski

Project Name

...NaBaLa... United States

Project authors

Nick Safley
Ben Cyvas
Vince Noce
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