the “open air library”, a 2010 joint winner of The European Prize for Urban Public Space (see notes at the end of post) is designed by leipzig-based architecture firm KARO* with Architektur+Netzwerk. a outcome of highly participated from neighborhood residents, successfully transformed a vacant intersected lot to a social meeting friendly place.
this was how it looked like before:
that’s right, beer and books can coexist :)
this temporary construction was the venue for a small two-day reading and poetry festival. looks fun isn’t it!
the open air library was officially opened in 2009 june.
[images courtesy karo architekten ]
+ the library is open to the public 24 hours a day and managed by the residents themselves without any registration needed, anyone can freely borrow and return books.
+ architects reuse those prefabricated tiles from a now-gone emblematic 1966 HORTEN warehouse in the city of hamm.
+ the iconic tiles give the building facade a retro-futuristic look, as a outcome of sustainability and a public participation.
+ the presence of the library and flexible public space absolutely bring positive social opportunities to residents, also demonstrate a innovative process to make public rethink how can we best refabricate our existing urban setting, with minimal environmental impact.
+ about the award
The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition organized by six European institutions with the aim to recognize and encourage the recovery projects and defense of public space in our cities. The award, created in 2000, celebrates its sixth edition in 2010.
check out publicspace.org for more project information ( from initiative to funding, to the construction management ).