Today we want to show you this library made with various shipping containers, is the ‘Admin Library ‘ from the dpavilion architects built in Batu, Indonesia.
The firm dpavilion architects has recently completed this colorful library made from 8 recycled shipping containers. Each container has cost $ 820, all the containers are of standard measures and can have multiple uses, they are very cheap and symbolically they contain the books that will open the eyes to the world to thousands of children, the same world that these containers have travelled before. The purpose of these containers is not only to be a library, they will also work as a polyclinic .
There is a big difference between the small agricultural villages and the cosmopolitan cities of Indonesia, a big hole between the rich and the poor that grows daily. This project is to provide 6.000 books and free clinical services to the local people, in an attempt to improve the life quality of these people.
Each one of the colors of these containers have different meanings and are attributed to a function: The blue container is for entertainment and popular books, the red containers is extended to a circular terrace and contains the science and technology books. The yellow bins are reserved for women so they can read there (remember that Indonesia is a Muslim country), finally the green container welcomes the visitors and serves as a meeting and reception point.
The structure only contains and holds teh containers, and is fixed to the ground by its foundations, beams, columns and braces holding them containers, which are the perfect building component economically and metaphorically, as they contain a new world for the children of Batu .
The library is a progressive structure that connects and leads the transition from the rural to the urban life, at the same time questions the role of the architecture as a result of comfort and materialism.