dpavilion architects: amin shipping container library dpavilion architects: amin shipping container library
apr 05, 2013

dpavilion architects: amin shipping container library

‘amin library’ by dpavilion architects, batu, indonesia
image © ganny gozaly
all images courtesy of dpavilion architects




surabaya-based firm dpavilion architects have recently completed a colorful library in batu made from eight recycled shipping containers that cost
eight million rps (820 USD) each. they are standardized modules suitable for a variety of uses, affordable, and they symbolically hold the books that
will open the children’s eyes to the very world the containers have travelled before ending up as a library and polyclinic. in the small cosmopolitan
agricultural town, a clash between the contemporary city and the village clash; where the gap between the rich and poor is increasingly widening,
the project aims at leveling the playing field by providing an educational facility with over 6,000 books and a small clinic all for free, in an attempt
to improve the quality of life for all the locals. each of the colored boxes are attributed to a different function: the blue volume is for entertainment
and popular books; the red containers extend out as a canopy over an open-air circular reading terrace, and holds the science and technology books;
the yellow is reserved for the women’s reading room; the green greets visitors with the main lobby space. the actual built structure provides only the
foundation for the containers hoisted upon steel stilts. the container then becomes the perfect building component, economically and metaphorically,
using its unique properties to introduce a world beyond the site to the children of batu. the library stands as a progressive structure leading the
transition from a rural to an urban context, at the same time questioning the role of architecture as a result of commodity and materiality.



third level containers supported by long steel columns hovering over the site at the same level as the tree canopies
image © ganny gozaly



entry lobby area
image © ganny gozaly





project info:



location : jl. sultan agung, batu – east java, indonesia
client : mr. ronny sendjojo
site area : 700 m2
architecture firm : dpavilion architects
project team : edwin nafarin (principal), khamawardhana heksa putera, kartika ciputera
structural engineer: junaedi masil & associate & mr. surjo
photographer: ganny gozaly

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