productora: A47 mobile library
productora: A47 mobile library productora: A47 mobile library
jul 18, 2012

productora: A47 mobile library

‘A47’ by productora is a mobile library that travels around mexico city. the alumnos47 foundation is a civil non-profit organization that provides education, debate and reflection on contemporary art practices and visual culture. the foundation commissioned productora to design ‘A47’ as a means of reaching a broader community within mexico with their programs and services.

all photos by luis gallardo, courtesy of productora



the moving space stores approximately 1,500 books in trays that can be removed from their shelves once the truck is stationery, and is large enough to accommodate a small group of visitors to congregate and browse reading material at their leisure or to take part in workshops. the floor can be tiered providing a more comfortable in which to view presentations. this interior is protected by 26 drilled sheet metal doorways giving the library an appealing presence, especially when illuminated at night.

the mobile unit is protected by 26 drilled metal sheets which allow light to enter

the library stores up to 1500 books which are housed in trays which can be removed from their shelves

the tiered hydraulic floor allows for more comfortable presentation setting

interior view

alternative view of the hydraulic tiered floor

floor when not in use for presentations

‘A47’ by night

rear view

possible floor configurations


project credits

architectural design: carlos bedoya, victor jaime, wonne ickx, abel perles
contributors: guillermina ceci (project manager), lucrecia sodo, uriel pineapple, ivan villegas, charlotte martinot
truck: mercedes benz freightliner

  • very cool i was skeptical at first as it\’s not a new idea but the internal works of the lifting floors makes it , a much more multi-functional idea

    fernondo says:
  • Hmm, Could I ask…where is the innovation or design here? I mean I like the way floor its being handled, but not enough for me, I could do the same trick with a ladder and nice furniture. Sorry but….no design-boom here for me.

    Arq. Andros says:
  • looks good, but where are the books for short folks?

    DADAP says:
  • We have had rolling libraries in L.A. for a while. Most of them are for the benefit
    of grade schools that don’t have libraries.
    I’m not an access nut but this is useless to someone in a wheelchair and it hardly holds enough books.
    Very attractive. Needs a row of books down the center of it.
    Glad that someone is at least thinking about books.

    rcvs1 says:
  • In the 70’s we had a mobile bookstore (truck mounted) in Brazil with an excellent design project. His name was Mobralteca. This is nothing new!

    Marcus says:

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