plural + totalstudio: alexis
plural + totalstudio: alexis
jan 14, 2012

plural + totalstudio: alexis

‘alexis’ by plural + totalstudio, bratislava, slovakia all images courtesy total studio

‘alexis’, a bookshop and coffee bar in bratislava, slovakia has been conceived by slovakian practice plural and totalstudio to create a flexible space which sells books as well as holding collateral events. the interior is comprised of a series of stepped platforms which double as seating and parallels two continuous bookshelf walls. the auditorium arrangement is suitable for projections, readings, small scale concerts, and workshops with the intention of creating a distinction between firmly established booksellers.

customers begin in the entry at ground level and gradually rise through the volume towards the elevated cafe and gallery. individuals choose from the selection and then sit, read and relax next to the shelves. displayed upon mobile stands, new titles and best sellers are integrated into the floor plan. permanent program elements such as the storage, deposit, office and restroom are placed below the stepped floor, accessible from a staircase within the elevated cafe.

plural + totalstudio: alexis view from entrance

plural + totalstudio: alexis linear skylight illuminates reading area

plural + totalstudio: alexis stepped seating and continuous bookshelves creates convenient atmosphere for reading

plural + totalstudio: alexis walls are a continuous bookshelf

plural + totalstudio: alexis reading area and circulation is integrated

plural + totalstudio: alexis view towards entry

plural + totalstudio: alexis upper level cafe

plural + totalstudio: alexis additional books in cafe

plural + totalstudio: alexis stairs to storage area

plural + totalstudio: alexis four legged friend going to the storage area

plural + totalstudio: alexis sectional model

plural + totalstudio: alexis sectional model

plural + totalstudio: alexis model detail

plural + totalstudio: alexis construction

plural + totalstudio: alexis construction of platforms

plural + totalstudio: alexis floor plan / level 0

plural + totalstudio: alexis floor plan / level 1

plural + totalstudio: alexis section

plural + totalstudio: alexis axon

project info:

authors: martin jančok (plural), aleš šedivec (totalstudio) graphic design: marcel benčík client: ladon, s.r.o. structural engineering: geostat carpenter: treeman total floor area: 170m² photographs:  šymon kliman, tomáš amtmann, martin jančok, aleš šedivec

  • Love this design, very inviting to one’s imagination, but I wholeheartedly agree with Studge, it is very biased against a disabled customer, I am not sure if this design would have been approved in America based on its lack of handicap access

  • I do enjoy the concept of the bookstore, however, I can imagine this being a nightmare for any disabled person.

  • I applaud the concept of this scheme for creating a landscape that is inviting. My only concern is that people will sit on the stepped part as well as the seating parts, thus blocking a potential climber. Also it is very difficult viewing books on steps – it would be very easy to lose one’s balance. Any feedback from the shop on this point?

  • Hoši, je to pekné. Koncept je naozaj fajn, jednoduchý, účelný, príjemný… . Musím sa tam konečne vybrať.
  • pretty nice

  • I am always surprised how in some countries one can sit down, relax and browse books in a bookshop. This might be natural to most of you but in my country this is not encouraged.


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