Architects: Plural, Martin Jančok, Totalstudio, AlešŠedivec
Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Graphicdesign: Marcel Benčík
Client: Ladon, s.r.o.
Structural engineering: Geostat
Project Area: 170 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Plural , Totalstudio
How can a smallbookshop compete within a network of firmly established booksellers? What can it offer to customers? How can itdrawattention? Ouraimwastocreate a flexible space that would not only sell books but would also be capable of facilitatingvariouscollateraleventssuch as projections, readings, minorconcerts, workshops, etc. Two focal points of thebookshop are placed at bothends of the longitudinal space. A checkoutisnexttotheentrance and a coffee bar isontheoppositesideonan original elevatedgallery.
Both levels are connected with cascades which serve as an auditorium during collateral events and allow customers to sit, read, relax or communicate through regular opening hours. Books are stored in long shelves along both sides of the bookshop. By this means a clear organization and a monumental effect is achieved. New titles and bestsellers are displayed at several mobile stands. The permanent part of the program – storage, deposit, office and lavatory – are placed under the gallery and accessible via a staircase at the edge of the coffee bar and cascades.