May 18, 2022

Design: A New Microlibrary in Indonesia Uses Recycled Ice Cream Tubs as Walls

From PFSK:

Public libraries are important community spaces but they aren’t always first for funding. However, Dutch architecture firm Shau is helping to create a series of micro-libraries in Indonesia, the first of which ingeniously uses ice cream tubs.

Built in the city of Bandung, the Taman Bima Microlibrary is a 1,700-square-foot structure that uses 2,000 ice cream tubs. It was built on a preexisting stage that was often used for community gatherings and cost €35,000 (or approximately $38,700). The structure itself is comprised of steel beams and concrete slabs, with the ice cream receptacles acting as the walls.

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