Children’s Library in Mexico Features Bookshelves that Double as Climbing Structures

Anagrama describes the purposeful use of the bookshelves beyond storage, offering as an alternative, a dynamic space to play and learn, to fire the imagination and provide comfort while reading. The angular landscape of the design mimics Monterrey’s well-known and admired topography, providing a unique jungle gym for active play and adventure that’s a refreshing offering in a library environment that typically lends itself to the utmost refinement.

Housed in an industrial warehouse, the library brilliantly reflects the geometric intricacies of its antique surroundings while offering modern lines among its neon rafters and flooring.

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3 Responses to “Children’s Library in Mexico Features Bookshelves that Double as Climbing Structures”

  1. bjf says:

    Very imaginative and attractive. However, I do wonder how good they are for actually holding the books without deforming them. I think the spines would twist, and face-out displays might not be very successful. There’s no place for signs telling you what’s where. And obviously, gone are the days of sitting and peacefully getting lost in a a story book. So – possibly rather too gimmicky. Still, it should bring the kids in, but I think they might soon return to Kids Zone where they can get burgers and fizzy drinks too.

  2. cj says:

    My first thought besides organization (and how little space is allocated to books) is what about children in wheel chairs or who can’t “climb” around to get books? I’d also be slightly concerned about books being thrown around by kids playing, or how easy it would be for a group of kids to roughhouse, perhaps uncontrollably….However, the idea does seem to hold some merit…depending on the needs of the community and the purpose of this library.

  3. dlewis says:

    Having lived and worked in education in Mexico for many years I am just happy to see anything that represents reading, books and library. Mexico desperately needs to build a culture of reading.

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