In order to help make books more accessible, and reading more encouraged, ARCHHIVEBOOKS are calling for submissions for the ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ Portable Reading Rooms architecture competition.
This competition is seeking designs for a small structure that could be embedded within existing public spaces in multiple locations around the world. The Reading Rooms would have to function as an intimate meditative space in which people can read and exchange books.
For the competition the structure would need to be highly versatile so that it could be located in various locations, and could function in any climate and any season. Though their functionality could change throughout the year – operating as a simple book exchange box during colder months and a more immersive and interactive reading experience during milder weather – the Reading Rooms should have the potential to enrich the community in which it is placed.
Participants have total creative freedom when conceptualizing the design and functioning of the Reading Rooms, in fact, they need not even be a physical room. As long as they are a welcoming and nourishing environment that encourages reading, the Reading Rooms can be as open or closed off as you like.
ARCHHIVE BOOKS will invite selected city councils from around the world to construct the winning design entries. Participants may propose which countries and cities they feel would benefit most from their Reading Rooms designs, however it is still important that submitted designs remain versatile and portable enough to be located anywhere in the world.
3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $5,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:
- 1st Prize – US $3,000
- 2nd Prize – US $1,500
- 3rd Prize – US $500
- + 6 honourable mentions