The microlibrary made from ice cream buckets

A new community library in Indonesia is a small reading facility with a facade constructed from recycled ice cream buckets.

12 July 2016

The microlibrary at Taman Bima, Bandung, is the first pilot in a scheme to improve literacy in Indonesia and create a focal point for the local community.

The architectural concept, say Dutch architects SHAU, is to free the ground for multiple functions, while the library is elevated at the second floor. Continuous stairs allow additional seating area.

The facade material is made by recycling used plastic ice cream buckets. The pattern on the facade is a binary coding of a message by Mayor Ridwan Kamil, which translated means 'Books are the windows to the world'. 

The buckets are placed between vertical steel ribs and slightly tilted towards the outside to repel rainwater. The 2,000 buckets provide a cost efficient solution which lets daylight reach the interior and facilitates natural ventilation by alternating open and closed buckets.

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