This collection, Steps and Stacks, was melded together based on the idea that homes tell a rich story about their inhabitants. Throughout the following seven projects, extensive conversation and dialogue between the architects and clients went into forming these uncommon designs and spaces. Through story-telling, lived experiences and unique family connections, these spaces came to fruition with bookshelves and libraries as central aspects and visual centerpieces of their realities. The results are calming yet deeply vibrant areas, in which both solitude and company feel equally secure.
By taking the form of escalating shelves and winding bookcases, these home libraries step into a unique dimension. Seamlessly integrated into their surrounding home environments, these bookshelves alter the traditional library experience, which is often marked by stationary reading. These staircases subvert that assumption by placing books in a realm that is more often occupied by hurried walking and movement. While on the one hand the interaction becomes more fluid and perhaps even transient, the book is also newly involved and present in the chaos of everyday action.
Located in an old barn, this multi-purpose and open concept space serves as kitchen, storage, staircase and library all at once. Nestled in the sun-soaked corner is a quaint library, where inhabitants may choose to stop and hang out or simply admire and ruminate as they pass by.
At Tower House, the clients asked for a family home that fused community, art and nature. Further, the house is a result of endless storytelling and conversations between architect and client about what is nurturing, stimulating and delightful in a home. The floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, which is a central aspect of the home, acts to push this idea even further.
In this vertical home, a two-story bookshelf was incorporated to celebrate the owners’ love for books and scholarship. Visually enthralling, the bookshelf is both functional and and an artful centerpiece. The upper sections of the bookshelf are accessed from a glass bridge.
Located in an old dry cleaning shop, Patio-House in Gracia presented a challenging opportunity to rethink how to optimize unused space. Just one room in total, all activities take place within a single space that look onto the property’s patio. In this home, a creatively engineered bookshelf also functions as a room partition and staircase.
At Stable in West Flanders, Studio Farris Architects transformed a small barn into a home office. The architects decided to design an autonomous furniture object, which would divide the space without blocking views or altering perceptions of the area's volume. Made out of stacked timber beams, the object simultaneously functions as library, bookshelf, storage and reading area.
The main feature of this project is a two-story library, which circles around a winding staircase at the heart of the home. The shelves, which house hundreds of the home owners’ books, create a strong and rhythmical sense of movement throughout the space. Just like inside a library, a small desk sits on the upper landing, creating a simple study with a spectacular vantage point.
The goal of this project was to transform a previously dark and rundown home into a bright and inviting space. Beech bookshelves fill the space with warm, natural light and provide a refreshing and revamped feel. On top of acting as a bookcase, the shelves also function as a stair railing, office space dividers and a general storage unit throughout the home’s two levels.