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Bulgaria Opened a Unique Street Library In Varna, People Can Read Books for Free and Relax

Photo: Рапана / Facebook

“Rapana” is an idea that arose from a simple desire to make a street library in the center of city of Varna in Bulgaria to which everyone would have access. Reading books should be widely available and our goal is to stimulate it. We also open a relax zone in front of the library, where everyone can lie down with a book, enjoying summer in Varna and read their favorite piece. The project is funded under Strand 5. European Youth Capital – Wave of Innovation of the Municipal Fund Culture.

A team of architects and designers (Yuzdzhan Turgaev, Boyan Simeonov, Ibrim Asanov and Mariya Aleksieva) decided to do what they can to partly solve this issue by building a street library. Varna is a city located at the seaside and is often called “The marine capital of Bulgaria”.

“Rapana” was designed using the parametric design tools Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper, which give architects the possibility to try different shapes and variations. Using the software, the team tested over 20 variations, changing the number of vertical and horizontal wooden pieces and their width and height. We ended up with the final design, fitting the budget and the open library’s concept, providing easy access for the readers, sitting spaces, plus a tiny stage for street artists and lounge sessions.

Using the Rhinoceros 3D tools the construction was divided into pieces, which were produced using a CNC machine from a 250 x 125 cm. wooden sheets. The street library was built using 240 wooden pieces and the full capacity of the library is 1500 books. More info: Facebook (h/t: boredpanda)

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