open stacks little free library by mark rakatansky + aaron white
 
open stacks little free library by mark rakatansky + aaron white
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.

 

 

open stacks little free library by mark rakatansky + aaron white
rivington elevation showing the framing of university settlement’s existing signage

 

 

open stacks little free library by mark rakatansky + aaron white
detail showing unfolded books emerge through the fence from the bookshelf behind

 

 

open stacks little free library by mark rakatansky + aaron white
adult and child levels conjoined by slipped book spines

 

 

open stacks little free library by mark rakatansky + aaron white
open stacks in use!

 

 

open stacks little free library by mark rakatansky + aaron white
detail of laminated assemblies

 

 

open stacks little free library by mark rakatansky + aaron white
open stacks with its carnegie parentage (building to the left was one of the first carnegie libraries, built in 1905)

 

 

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