10,000 volume of books including 19th-century Tamil journals, literary works in English and Tamil and translated manuscripts.
40 square meter of space on a terrace.
A place to store books.
A place to discuss language.
A place to rehearse.
A private institution.
A library to house the private collections of Arasu, a retired Tamil Professor and his wife Mangai a theater director and a Professor of English Literature was to be built on their terrace. The plan was to have a gathering space in lower level for discussions and upper level for quiet reading. Natural light and ventilation were kept as the organiser of the space. Due to limited resources, discarded marine ply used in container packaging was used to create a mezzanine and the bookracks while steel was used as a structural framework. The library was finished with exposed plaster for walls and locally available terracotta tiles for floor and roof that brought in warmth amongst the smell of old books.
|Client||Arasu and Mangai|
|Images||Almost Parallel Ganesh Ramachandran|
|Design Team||Mahesh Radhakrishnan, Sarat Chandran|