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A little black box with a library hidden inside

Article by Homes to Love

A Canadian architecture studio has created The Story Pod, a little black box that opens by day to reveal a charming little library

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Designed by Atelier Kastelic Buffey (AKB), this public mini-building in Newmarket, north of Toronto, is a community-supported lending library where visitors can take or leave something to read. There is built-in seating to entice people to stay and read and nearby steps for groups to sit and read together.

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The simple form has two walls that pivot open during the day, in a design nod to the covers of a book. The architects say: “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.”

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The underlying idea behind the reading pod is to draw communities together, providing a gathering point in an otherwise urban area.

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Photos by: Bob Gundu and Shai Gil via Atelier Kastelic Buffey.

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