Top Architectural Bookshelves

Architects like books—whether they read them or not is beside the point. Walk into any architecture studio, and there is bound to be a proudly displayed library of monographs small and large (and X-large), where philosophical treatises and novels rub shoulders (bindings?) with architectural periodicals and comic books. The mix of high- and low-brow culture is supposed to speak to the eclectic tastes of the cultivated architect who needs to broadcast that they “read” Joyce and Wittgenstein when they’re not scanning for building precedents. The library and its container, the bookshelf, are, then, the physical compendium of architectural activity itself.

So it isn’t a surprise that architects like to design bookshelves. And they do them very well, a fact that these 8 projects can attest to. Some are immaculately designed built-in units (see the Strelein Warehouse), while others are structural (the “Vertical Loft”) or even form spaces all their own (see Travis Price’s “book occulus”). Click through to see them all!

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Book Tower House
London
By Platform 5 Architects
Photo: Alan Williams

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Strelein Warehouse
Sydney
By Ian Moore Architects
Photo: Iain D. Mackenzie

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Maruma House
Mexico City
By Fernanda Canales
Photo: Fernanda Canales

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Vertical Loft
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
By Shift A+U
Photo: Rene de Wit

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Shelf Pod
Osaka Prefecture, Japan
By Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio
Photo: via Core 77

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House Of Pinewood
Castagneto Carducci, Italy
By sundaymorning, Massimo Fiorido Associati
Photo: SundayMorning, Massimo Fiorido Associati

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Wade Davis Writing Studio
Washington, D.C.
Travis Price Architects
Photo: Freshome

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Dutch Mountain
The Netherlands
By denieuwegeneratie
Photo: denieuwegeneratie

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