Sou Fujimoto used empty bookshelves as an architectural structure for the Musashino Art University Library. While he removed books from the bookshelves, I reversed the process, and attempted to re-define physical books as a wall material.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Bookhouse Latrine is the outhouse design exercise in the Garden City Lands, Richmond, Canada. As the usage of physical books is on the decline in the digital age, the Bookhouse Latrine project is the architectural attempt to recycle or recirculate physical books for public.
A waterless composting toilet was placed in the centre. Wooden bookshelves were designed to be a load-bearing structure, and books on the shelves become "walls." Depending on the types of books or materials used, a program of Bookhouse Latrine could be variously changeable. For example, it can transform into a chapel (bibles), a meditation retreat (sutras), a dvd storage (dvds), a thrift store (recycled clothes) or a stuffed animals house (stuffed animals), etc.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
When a user pull a book or other recycled materials (such as dvds, clothes or stuffed animals) from the bookshelf, a gap is created and natural light penetrates inside. As a latrine is a very private space, subtle tension is created between interior and exterior through the gap.
As books would be taken away from the bookhouse latrine over time, this would further encourage donations from communities.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in Oct. 2016 in Vancouver, Canada and finished in Oct. 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.
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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Wooden laminate bookshelves are constructed on the concrete base, and a steel mesh screen is installed on the roof to provide natural daylight. Glazing panels are attached on the bookshelves by using the bolted glazing system.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
2,360 mm W x 3,390 mm D x 2,420 mm H
(Inner Cube Dimensions: 300 mm x 300 mm x 300 mm)
Bookhouse Latrine, Bookhouse, Latrine, Bookhouse Toilet, Library Toilet
Bookhouse Latrine is the architectural experiment to combine a latrine and a bookhouse. This amalgamation presents an unprecedented experience for users. The function of a toilet is fundamentally questioned by the existence of the "book walls."
Inner cubic sizes of the bookshelves were quite hard to define. The dimensions (300 mm W x 300 mm D x 300 mm H) were used to accommodate most common book sizes.
Also, how to stack books was another challenge. Gaps between books and bookshelves could be controlled when identical books are stacked. However, when different types or sizes of books are stacked together, various sizes of gaps could be created. But this could provoke a number of potential solutions by user interaction at the same time.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Yongwook Seong, 2016.