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Taman Bima Microlibrary

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  • Award Cycle:
    Status:
    Shortlisted
    Country of origin:
    Indonesia
    Location:
    Bandung, Indonesia
    Client:
    Dompet Dhuafa, City of Bandung, Indonesia
    Architect:
    SHAU Architects, Bandung, Indonesia
    Design:
    2014-2015
    Size:
    570 m²
    Completed:
    2016

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A pilot project for a series of low-cost, eco-conscious reading facilities in urban and rural villages, the Microlibrary aims to help combat Indonesia’s low literacy rates. An elevated library and book storage space was added above a pre-existing stage used for community events. The upper structure is steel and concrete, with façades made of 2,000 upcycled ice-cream buckets, which help with day light and cross-ventilation. The pattern, in zeros (open) and ones (closed), presents a binary coding of a message from a former Bandung mayor that translates as “Books are the windows to the world”. The stage below remains as a semi-open public space, and the stairs also serve as seating. Various social-oriented events that take place every week have proved highly popular among locals.