Story Pod is a compact exchange library which stands exactly where you need it

Story Pod is an exchange library designed by AKB studio
Story Pod, designed by Atelier Kastelic Buffey, is located in Newmarket, Canada / Photo: AKB
This compact, 8 by 8 feet, cubic is a great example of an urban design that brings the joy of reading to public spaces.

Sometimes, the public library that’s 100 feet from your home, is 100 feet too far.

It would be the best if libraries were built in public spaces which people regularly visit to relax – city squares, parks, or boulevards.

The goal is simple: to give an easy access to books in locations where someone would think sooner or later: Oh, it’s so nice, I’d spend the whole day here, I should have brought the book with me.

Story Pod is an example of a well-thought solution. Designed by Atelier Kastelic Buffey, this community-supported lending library is standing near the heart of the historic district of Newmarket, Canada.

Initiated by HollisWealth, this miniature wooden compact pod has the dimensions 2.4 by 2.4 by 3 meters (5.95 square meters) and was opened in 2015.

The pod, placed on the edge of a prominent, recently completed civic square, in the heart of the town’s historic district, continues the municipality’s plan to use contemporary design as a means of creating a lively, current-day hub for gathering within the leafy, quaint setting.

During the day, when two of the walls open like a book, the Story Pod draws curious residents and invites to get in or gather around.

At night, when the doors are locked, recessed lights glow through the lattice work like a lantern, reminding the passing people that knowledge enlightens.

The Story Pod compact library in Newmarket

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Via Arch Daily.

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