Open Air Library in Magdeburg, Germany by KARO Architekten
The Leipzig-based KARO Architects realised this 24 hours open air library southeast of Magdeburg, one of the urban areas in Eastern Germany which are characterized by abandoned industrial plants and fallow land. After temporary installation made of used beer crates in 2005, this summer the finished library opened officially.
The open air library, we established in 2005 in an abandoned district centre in East Germany. The project has been started with a public intervention, using beer crates as building material: On the fallow site of the former district library a 1:1 model of a possible Open-Air-Library has been build up for two days and the shelves have been filled with book donations. The residents took over the energy of the temporary project and opened up an informal district library near the site which now offers more than 20.000 books. The outdoor space as an addition has been designed together with the residents and opened in June this year.
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