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Storefront for Art and Architecture’s rotating bookshelf creates a sidewalk library in NYC

Abruzzo Bodziak Architects adapted Storefront’s rotating facade panels with bookshelves and designed a series of book-related objects that signpost and shape the viewing experience of the exhibition in collaboration with Pentagram. Photography: Naho Kubota.
Abruzzo Bodziak Architects adapted Storefront’s rotating facade panels with bookshelves and designed a series of book-related objects that signpost and shape the viewing experience of the exhibition in collaboration with Pentagram. Photography: Naho Kubota.

Abruzzo Bodziak Architects has designed a new bookshelf system that rotates into the street for the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s ‘Architecture books – yet to be written’ exhibition. Visitors strolling by will have the chance to peruse the shelves of seminal architecture books published over the past 35 years and consider the contribution of architecture through books from 1982 to today.

The architects adapted the gallery’s rotating facade panels with shelves constructed of painted MDF and designed a series of corresponding, book-related objects that signpost and shape the viewing experience of the exhibition.

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The exhibition design opens up architecture books to the public for question and debate. Photography: Naho Kubota

Aluminium ‘Book Marks’ prop up the books and guide people around the display with brief statements that re­contextualise the publications, while five mirrored ‘Book Props’ made of acrylic are visual signifiers of the chronology of the exhibition.

The ‘Step/Stool’ was designed by Abruzzo Bodziak as part of Storefront’s 24x24x24 programme, concerned with seating design. This piece is a flexible form that uses ready made objects to create a structure for different uses from a bench, high stool, stair, or book wedge.

An anchor programme for the New York Architecture Book Fair, the installation will encourage public dialogue and participation around the subject of architecture books. Over the course of the exhibition, more books will be added to the curated mix from publishers, non­profit organisations, creative collectives, and visitors; while empty spaces on the shelves signal space for architectural books yet to be written. §

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