Pavilion Proposal _ Olympia Simopoulou

The Book Sanctuary



Since the rise of the digital, the way and environment in which we interact with books has drastically changed. In an era of digitalization we spend hours interacting with technological devices, leaving less and less time for a physical interaction with a book – a continued, focused and uninterrupted one. The Book Sanctuary Pavilion aims to act as a digital shield where books could be viewed and displayed without technological or sound external distractions. The pavilion brings the book at the center of attention through creating a sanctuary – a bookstore where no distraction or outside interference is allowed, thus dedicating the space entirely to the physical touch with the book.

The bookstore takes an extreme position on connectivity, offering an environment allowing for an intimate individual relationship between the book and the reader, making the book the protagonist in space. To create an environment for an uninterrupted continuous engagement with books, it acts as a hybrid between a Faraday cage, a space providing an electromagnetic shield blocking signal coverage, and Anechoic Chamber, allowing an environment of utter silence. It is a space so soundless and remote that one could experience the physical interaction with a book: hear the turning of the pages, their heart beat and breathing when engaging with a book.

Lars Muller’s books come in variety of sizes, requiring different modes/dimensions of display. Small books could be read on foot, while bigger ones need a flat surface to be placed against. The proposal understands the importance of flexibility of display, allowing for a wide array of exhibition possibilities. The act of selecting a book to engage with is individual and influenced by multiple factors triggering the reader’s curiosity. Inside the bookstore, a bookshelf integrated within the center of the bookstore allows for display of different books through various: books could be placed in an open configuration, showing a highlighted page, a photograph, a quote. Heavier, larger books could be put horizontally on a flat surface, acting as table encouraging quick browsing, while additional copies could be placed parallel to each other inclined at an angle for storage.​