open stacks little free library by mark rakatansky + aaron white
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jun 18, 2013
open stacks little free library by mark rakatansky + aaron white


open stacks: a little free library by mark rakatansky studio + aaron white
all images courtesy mark rakatansky studio

 

 

developed in a collaboration between new york-based mark rakatansky studio and aaron white, a collection of books are made readily available for users with ‘open stacks’, a little free library situated outside the university settlement in new york city. engaging new interactions between fellow readers, the plywood installation emerges as a miniature civic center, proposing a physical common ground for accessing information in a ‘free for all’ public space. facing the sidewalk on 61 rivington street, the little free library is built onto a metal fence, where laminated bookshelves house a variety of literature.

 

 


rivington elevation showing the framing of university settlement’s existing signage

 

 


detail showing unfolded books emerge through the fence from the bookshelf behind

 

 


adult and child levels conjoined by slipped book spines

 

 


open stacks in use!

 

 


detail of laminated assemblies

 

 


open stacks with its carnegie parentage (building to the left was one of the first carnegie libraries, built in 1905)

 

 

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