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The Long(ish) Read: Walter Benjamin Unpacking his Library

Welcome to The Long(ish) Read: a new AD feature which uncovers texts written by notable essayists which resonate with contemporary architecture, interior architecture, urbanism or landscape design. In this essay, written in 1931, Walter Benjamin narrates the process of unpacking his library. All in boxes, he takes the reader through elements of his book collection: the memories attached to them, the importance he placed on the act of 'collecting' and the process of accumulation, and how objects like books inhabit a space.

Coffee Bar Kearny / jones | haydu

  • Architects: jones | haydu
  • Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Art Gray

© Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray

Kale – Cersaie 14 / Paolo Cesaretti

© Lorenzo Pennati © Lorenzo Pennati © Lorenzo Pennati © Lorenzo Pennati

Cafeina Café / mode:lina architekci

  • Architects: mode:lina architekci
  • Location: Skórzewo, Poland
  • Architect in Charge: Paweł Garus, Jerzy Woźniak
  • Design Team: Paweł Garus, Jerzy Woźniak, Justyna Wasiluk, Kinga Kin
  • Area: 92.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Marcin Ratajczak

© Marcin Ratajczak © Marcin Ratajczak © Marcin Ratajczak © Marcin Ratajczak

Le Campus / Virserius Studio

© Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel

TOG Flagship / Triptyque + Philippe Starck

  • Architects: Triptyque, Philippe Starck
  • Location: Rua Iguatemi, 236 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 01451-010, Brazil
  • TRIPTYQUE, Associates: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
  • TRIPTYQUE, General Coordinator: Luiz Trindade
  • TRIPTYQUE, Project Manager: Alfredo Luvison
  • TRIPTYQUE, Contributors: Guilherme Ramalho, Ulysse Baudet, Joana Telles, Bruno Cruz
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ricardo Bassetti

© Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti

Living Staircase / Paul Cocksedge

© Mark Cocksedge © Mark Cocksedge © Mark Cocksedge © Mark Cocksedge

Bagritsky / Ruetemple

  • Architects: Ruetemple
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge: Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
  • Area: 80.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ruetemple

© Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple

CABANE de ZUCCa Daikanyama / Schemata Architects

  • Architects: Schemata Architects
  • Location: 11-1 Sarugakuchō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0033, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Jo Nagasaka
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota

Purpose / A+I

  • Architects: A+I
  • Location: Flatiron District, New York, NY, USA
  • Area: 15000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Magda Biernat

© Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat

(un)curtain office / dekleva gregoric architects

  • Architects: dekleva gregoric architects
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Project Team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist); Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist); Lea Kovič u.d.i.a., Vid Zabel stud.arch., Naia Sinde arq.
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Janez Marolt

© Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt

LA CASA / StudioTwentySevenArchitecture

© Davis Photography © Davis Photography © Davis Photography © Davis Photography

Black Line Apartment / Arhitektura d.o.o.

  • Architects: Arhitektura d.o.o.
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Architect in Charge: Boštjan Gabrijelčič, Aleš Gabrijelčič
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jure Goršič, Courtesy of Arhitektura d.o.o.

© Jure Goršič © Jure Goršič © Jure Goršič © Jure Goršič

Club Mate and Zambó Assaí Offices / República Portátil

  • Architects: República Portátil
  • Location: Franklin, Santiago, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Gino Zavala Bianchi.

© Gino Zavala Bianchi. © Gino Zavala Bianchi. © Gino Zavala Bianchi. © Gino Zavala Bianchi.

Werdendes Ruhrgebiet Exhibition / Bernhard Denkinger Architect

  • Architects: Bernhard Denkinger Architect
  • Location: Ruhr Museum, Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, Gelsenkirchener Straße 181, 45309 Essen/Ruhr, Germany
  • Director: Heinrich Theodor Grütter
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Deimel und Wittmar

© Deimel und Wittmar © Deimel und Wittmar © Deimel und Wittmar © Deimel und Wittmar