Launched during the 2018 London Design Festival, the Paddington Central Book Pavilion is inspired by the traditional principles of an analogue library, but with a literal twist: the mechanically intuitive installation follows a circular concept based on rotating and revolving half-drum doors, adding a playful and interactive aspect to the Pavilion.
Created by pioneering architectural and design firm Snøhetta, the Pavilion allows visitors to immerse themselves in a world of books that can be enjoyed by anyone at any time. The space itself will act as a book exchange and reading lovers are encouraged to leave a title (or two) when taking one with them. The initial batch of books contain an insert that reads:
Reading gives us somewhere to go. A place to escape. This book lives in the Snøhetta Book Pavilion at Paddington Central but its story doesn’t end when you read the last chapter. Please enjoy this book and then bring it back to the Snøhetta Book Pavilion so someone else can immerse themselves in the joy of reading.
The Pavilion will also be a place to showcase community projects and we're also looking forward to hosting talks and exhibitions here – watch this space for more information.
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Snøhetta are a pioneering architectural and design firm with high-profile buildings including the Alexandria Library in Egypt and the only cultural building on the World Trade Center memorial site. Their work strives to enhance our sense of surroundings, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether feral or human-made. For more information, visit their website here.