The word library itself comes from the Latin word “liber” which either means “book” or “free”. Ideally, libraries embody these words’ meaning as the repository of knowledge accessible to all.
In collaboration with Museo Pambata, the Book Stop Project and WTA Design Studio propose a mini-library design series that aims to democratize people’s access to knowledge and liberate children’s imagination through the power of reading.
The reading corners design takes inspiration from bahay-bahayan, a roleplaying game commonly for Filipino children. Such activity and space for children can liberate their imagination. It also aids in opening young minds to the limitations that their reality imposes.
The mini-library consists of related modules that can be used as a whole or independently. This modular design allows for flexible and maximized functionality. Playful use of color creates more inviting and engaging energy to the reading corners.
Careful consideration was applied in the dimensions of designing for children’s body size. This maximizes the effectiveness of the design towards its users.
Adjacent to the main stairway of a rowhouse, the Gawad Kalinga, QC Reading corner includes a baby shelf tower, bookshelves, and a toy cabinet. Along with an art station, study table, chalkboard door, and a demarcation wall. Two walls flank its east and west side, whilst the north and south side are open.
The Sta. Cruz, Manila Reading Corner is located at the Barangay 330 Hall community daycare. Currently, the area functions as a storage space for tables and chairs. The proposed design incorporates a reading nook, bookshelves, and an art station as well as a reading table and storage.
The proposed Malate Reading corner is located on the 2nd floor of Barangay Hall 725 in Malate. The design integrates the existing community computer station with reading nooks and bookshelves.
The main design inspiration for the mobile library is the sorbetes cart. This pays homage to the logo of Museo Pambata and Filipino’s love for “Sorbetes” or “Dirty Ice Cream”. The design incorporates a collapsible seating area for reading or a quick chat.