House of Books was recently remodeled to include a multi-level bookcase for a couple of book lovers by architecture studio SHH, located in Hampstead, London, England. The property’s name derives from its previous owner, Labour leader Michael Foot, who was known as ‘The Old Bibliophile’ because of his enormous library of books.
Description from the architects: True to the spirit of the 4,000 square foot house, the new owners are also bibliophiles (owning over 100 linear metres of books) and the property has now been completely reconfigured (including new floors, walls, stairs and rear extension in cedar wood and zinc), ensuring that books remain a central feature, with an aluminium, two-sided bookcase forming a spine around which all five storeys of a spectacular new stair (made of individual steel trays dipped in orange liquid rubber and bolted over individual cantilevered steel hoops ) are wrapped. The bookcase also sits within the new steel frame of the house, with all new structural elements bespoke-designed by SHH as part of the project.
The property was completely gutted and then re-created behind its traditional frontage to achieve this radical new interior structure, together with a new cedar and zinc side and rear extension to increase floor space.
‘We ripped the whole house out behind the façade’ explained Stuart McLauchlan, ‘and built a new steel and timber-frame to sit within the old brick skin and connect it to the existing structure.
The space configuration and resulting floors, walls and stair are all new, with the new stair more linear than its predecessor and set to one side in order to create more floor space. The house was extended not only to the rear but also to the side in order to house the ambitious new stair and bookcase concept.’
The five-storey house starts with a garden level and goes up to a raised ground floor entrance level, which doesn’t extend fully to the far edge of the rear extension, so that a double-height space is created beyond at the back of the house.
A master suite is located on the first floor, with further bedrooms and bathrooms for the client’s family on the second and third floors.
Photos: Alastair Lever
Having bookshelves in your home keeps your space organized and wherever the bookshelf is, it creates a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, a great place to read a book. If you have high ceilings in your home, you can create a dramatic statement wall filled with books. Adding colorful books onto the shelves will add interest and infuse warmth into the space. Bookshelves can be added anywhere in your home, even in the bathroom. They can also can be used as a separation wall in an open plan to help create two distinct spaces, especially great in an studio or loft space to add privacy to a space. Make your home look elegant and classy with the addition of a bookshelf in any space of your home. We present you with 44 spectacular bookshelf ideas. Enjoy…
If you are still looking for more inspiration on bookshelf design, have a look at one of our past articles on 50 Relaxing ways to decorate your bedroom with bookshelves, 50 Jaw-dropping home library design ideas and 65 Wonderfully cozy reading nooks for book lovers.
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Long Brick House is a minimalist hillside home built on a budget and designed for book lovers by Földes & Co. Architects, located in Pilisborosjeno, Pest County, Hungary. This 1,483 square foot (137.8 square meters) home can be described as minimalist design meets everlasting intellectual values. The project was initiated by an intellectual couple who had a clear starting point, “we own a length of books something like 100 meters.” The owners of the site had found the best location to retire from work and the noise of Budapest in a rich natural environment, at the side of the Big-Proud Peak.
Pilisborosjeno, a town some 15 km to North Buda, stretches in between hills surrounded by villas that inhabit the Pilis hillside. The plot is approached from a chain of narrow and steep roads. When arriving at the gate, just the green canopy of trees that shade the site and a minimalist concrete parking lot are visible. Thanks to the sloping garden, the house is hidden behind this rich, welcoming flora and fauna which plays a crucial part of the aesthetic. The owners aim of saving and keeping as much of the original plants and trees as possible has paid dividends.
Taking into consideration the narrow and long shape of the building site, the way of the sun and the low budget programme, also the age of the couple who are to be retired soon, we advised them to realize a straightforward base plan, where the spaces are linked with a long corridor and public spaces face the panoramic view of the valley. At the same time, to avoid creating under-utilized space we discovered the great potential of the corridor concept. We turned this horizontal axis into a highly beneficial and unique element of the house, a 17 meter long wall of library.’ – remarked the architects, Laszlo Foldes and Peter Sonicz concerning the design concept.
As approaching the house, a closed brick wall surreptitiously peeps from behind the trees and a staircase down to the base where the sauna and a store room are located. Behind the brick wall, on the ground floor, a master bedroom and a bathroom are situated. If one follows the brick pavement they arrive at the main entrance on the Northeast side, viewing the middle point of the corridor which leads to the public zone on the left hand side and to the private on the right. The latter consists of the working room, bathroom and the bedroom with its own terrace providing a stunning view of the westerly aspect with sunset views over the rolling hills and beyond.
The inner spaces follow the prolapse of the building site therefore the level of the floor is made continuously deeper via few stairs, enlarging the height (first after leaving the private zone, than when entering the living room, and finally when reaching the garden from the living room’s terrace). This results a variety of spaces, enjoying each case higher ceilings and wider rooms, ending up with the limitless panorama of the terrace.
The giant bookshelf fulfills more functions than one might expect. Throughout its 17 meters the modular system architects designed opens up, enabling a window to perfectly fit in, and a window seat – thanks to the 50 cm deep walls. In the living room the shelves are united with the fireplace.
It was our general aim to assure the proper inner climate with architectural means rather than constructing huge machinery. The house has a 50 cm thick brick wall, meeting the heating technological standards and giving sufficient thermal inertia. The ceiling slab is made of wood and the empty, well ventilated attic behaves as a buffer zone optimizing the inner climate. The terrace of the living room plays an important role in the protection against rain or intense sunshine, while it is an extension of the living room as well as an intermediate space between in and out.
Location: Pilisborosjeno, Pest County, Hungary
Year: Design: 2012 • Completion: 2013
Area/Size: 137,8 m2
Cost: 115 000 EUR
Project by: Foldes Architects
Architects: Laszlo Foldes, Peter Sonicz
Structural engineering: Zoltan V. Nagy
Mechanical engineering: Attila Lucz
Electrical engineering: Judit Balazs
Text: Viktoria Szepvolgyi”
Photos: Levente Sirokai
If you are a book lover, than a natural part of leisure time at home would be having bookshelves filled with books accessible in your cozy bedroom retreat. Shelving allows you to have personal expression in your design scheme and with the addition of books, no matter what the genre, is an engaging accoutrement in this sacred space. Add the convenience of reaching for a good read before switching off the light, and the bedroom bookshelf makes a strong case. Be sure to keep your books well-arranged so that is won’t be hard to find what you are looking for.
Yes, you can have your own personal library in your home, aside from a separate home library; you can have it in your own personal oasis, your bedroom. Avoid seeing your books scattered on the floor or under your bed covered with dust. Put up decorative shelving for your books, you can even make it the focal point of your room. Aside from a separate bookshelf, you can always incorporate shelving into your headboard. Let us now take a look at the collection we have put together for you on various types of bookshelves in the bedroom, as well as some tips on pulling off some fabulous design.
If you are still seeking some inspiration on bookshelves, have a look at some of our past articles on 45 Inspiring ways of designing cozy living spaces with books and 50 Jaw-dropping home library design ideas.
If you aren’t good at DIY projects, consider calling in a pro to help assist you in designing a bookshelf for your space. The investment is generally worth it since built-ins add great value to not only your room, but to your whole home. Cabinetmakers also design and build amazing bookcases and occasionally, especially with additional projects, offer a discount.
Adding a cozy reading spot next to a bookshelf is the perfect way to go. The nook is anchored by built-ins on either side, which is a very appealing option. Custom bookcases can typically run around $500 to $600 per lineal foot, with costs varying on wood choice and any special features that you may wish to include. What you see above is a 14-foot built-in cherry bookcase and bench that ran at a total cost of $8,500.
Inspiration Wall: Having floor-to-ceiling bookcases in this bedroom adds some special interest and a focal point. Having a bench at the end of the bed can also host additional books, such as the current ones that you are reading.
Giving your space a classic touch: This bedroom features a more affordable way to showcases a built-in bookcase without the associated costs. A pre-built freestanding bookcase has been set against the wall and secured, with the addition of molding to the top and base.
Bookshelf and a view: There is plenty of light flooding into this bedroom with an incredible view, perfect for reading. To help keep your books preserved, make sure they are out of direct sunlight. To create this simple, yet classic look, the above bookcase cost roughly $450 to build, but costs will vary depending on the species of wood, sizing and any custom detailing.
Express Yourself: A bookshelf is more than just a place to store your favorite reads. You can use them for personalization, pairing your favorite titles with framed photographs and decorative accents.
Great Tip: If you wish to paint your bookcases, consider using poplar wood. Not only is it light and inexpensive, you can drill and nail into it quite easily (holes can be filled with a wood filler), and it takes in paint quite well.
Subtle Bookshelf: You do not need a large bookshelf to hold your books, especially if there is not enough space. You can still add an accent to still give that literary appeal. Shelves are quite easy to fasten to the wall or to build, and can be arranged and layered to fit the space.
Use a headboard. A bookcase can also be used as a dividing wall within your room to delineate space. Try anchoring a bookcase to a centrally situated bed so that books will be within your grasp.
Clever design help to keep two individual beds in this space connected yet separate. Each of the beds has a directional light for reading that won’t interfere with the roommate’s slumber.
Here is a bookcase trend that started in 2010, placing books with their spines to the inside. Some readers will do this when they have completed a book, and leave those that have not been read with spines out. Some people like the appeal of having whites and creams showing to the outside. You can decide what look you like best for your space!
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Most people enjoy reading, so why not consider having some cozy living space in your home for your book collection to unwind and decompress, allowing yourself to disappear into another world with the characters of the book. For most of us it would be wonderful to be able to do that, however before you get to enjoy your reading, you may need to take care of a few functional elements in your home. For example, you may need to incorporate proper storage space for your books somewhere in your living environment. We have prepared some wonderful tips and some amazing inspirational photos to make your bookshelves as stylish as they are useful, we hope you will be left feeling inspired! If you are still looking for more, in the past we have presented to you some other inspiring articles related to books, including 65 Wonderfully cozy reading nooks for book lovers and 50 Jaw-dropping home library design ideas.
Here are a few tips on styling your bookshelf:
1. Mix up book placement – Try mixing books in both horizontal and vertical arrangements. Try doing this not only on the same shelf, but mixing the way a whole shelf is arranged, so one shelf is decorated all vertical and the other is all horizontal.
2. Arrange books by hue – This can make your space look fun and stylish, and unless you have an endless collection of books, should not make it too difficult to find that book title you are after.
3. Use decorative items – The line of thinking here should be sculptural. Dress up your shelves with a pretty plate or bowl, or even a grouping of boxes – then mix it up with a stack of books.
4. Include something natural – Infuse organic materials into the mix. An idea would be taking a beautiful bowl and filling it with beach rocks and placing it on your shelves (store bought or collected straight from the source). You could also include a piece of coral, a sea fan, a beautiful seashell or conch shell or maybe even an air plant.
5. Add colorful artwork – Consider the addition of artwork onto your shelf scheme. Try placing smaller pieces on the shelves, you could hang larger selections on the shelves if you are looking for more of an English library appeal.
Library Wall. At one end of a large living room in this 19th century renovated carriage house, a bookshelf wall helps define and organize a cozy office space.
Everything in its Place. Creative storage solutions keep this home organized and provide a place for everything. Collections, such as the homeowner’s scores of colorful books, can be used as decorative elements while still staying organized with built-in shelves. A blue-gray and warm orange palette keeps the space visually cohesive and feeling fresh.
Eco-Friendly Tuscan Estate. The home library is one of the few rooms with only one set of French doors, so the designer tapped into its darker personality with reclaimed wood paneling, a red velvet chair, and an antique Persian rug.
Get creative with under-utilized space. Find a space in your home that is not being utilized and build a small reading nook, add some cushions and enjoy your book collection. In the photo above, you could have the top of the built-in seating open for additional storage, or add pull out drawers as long as their is adequate clearance.
If space happens to be an issue in your home, finding that perfect spot for storing your books may become a difficult task. We have the perfect solution for your. You could use your staircase for a book storage area. Use the space under each step as a storage compartment for books.
Those who enjoy reading like to create their own cozy space to relax and unwind, whether it’s a reading corner or simply a space with a comfortable seat. You can also have built-in bookcase shelves on either side of a comfortable seating arrangement with some pillows for added comfort, such as the photo above.
Cozy Living Room. The built-in bookcases in this living room help provide much needed storage in a small home while helping to bounce light into the room from the windows. At night the books are illuminated by the monopoint track fixtures.
For someone who enjoys reading, you probably will not have just one designated spot for this activity. Most likely you will find yourself reading in the kitchen. So why not design a designated storage area for your books within the kitchen island. It could be incorporated into the side of the island or on a few shelves above the cabinetry, which can also help to add a decorative element to the space.
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For those of you who love books, you probably have a collection lying around somewhere in your home, whether you cleverly use them as a coffee table, end table, store them in a bookcase, on a shelf or have a reading nook or whole library dedicated to your love affair of books. A personal home library can be a sacred space that combines relaxation with personal learning; it should be designed as an oasis, an escape from our hectic daily lives. We have gathered together a post with 50 incredible home libraries that have plenty of inspiration for various ways to design your own personal home library. Some are more traditional, while others are unique and different and will challenge your creative juices. Whatever your pleasure, make sure your space has a cozy ambiance which can include a fireplace, faux fireplace with candles, or add the right kind of lighting that can create a mood that evokes warmness. Be sure to have comfortable and relaxed seating and consider a throw for those cool nights that you want to snuggle up with a good book. Enjoy the inspiration and don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite!
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Walls of books fold around a wooden staircase in this renovation and extension to a north London home by Hackney studio Platform 5 Architects. Book Tower House is a typical late Victorian mid-terraced house in Hampstead, London. The original property contained some Arts and Crafts influenced decorative aspects, which the owners were keen to retain and highlight, while introducing contemporary interventions.
The main feature is a double height library space at the heart of the house, created by combining the original rear reception room and a first floor bedroom. The feature staircase, wrapped in oak bookshelves, leads up to a built-in desk and study area with views over the ground floor.
To the rear of the house, a side extension to the existing kitchen was formed by resting an oak rib and skin structure, externally clad in zinc, onto the brick party wall.
“We used exposed brickwork in the extension to link the room with the garden by continuing the garden wall into the interior, London stock brick is an essential part of the character of the city and it forms a beautiful backdrop to a domestic interior.”
A cozy seating area with slide-away corner glazing creates a space where you feel surrounded by the garden.
A kitchen island counter is made from exposed concrete, which the architects also used for the surface of the floor. “The robust finish sits comfortably with the muted tones and texture of the exposed brickwork and oak.”
Photos: Alan Williams
This whole-house remodel gives us a venerable brick Tudor home a modern twist in Seattle, Washington. The home was designed by Deforest Architects for two book (and dog!) lovers, who had been walking their dogs past a modest Tudor for many years before they purchased it. They asked the architects to give the house a new life built around their love of books, dogs, and simple modern spaces filled with natural light. The residence incorporates bookshelves and cozy seating area throughout the house. Modern details complement traditional elements while steel windows, doors and exposed structure open the interior to light and views. The exterior features a ‘secret garden’, sunroom and terrace that overlook Lake Washington.
Photos: © Benjamin Benschneider
11RMS is a mews house located in the heart of Knightsbridge village, London. Designed by Elips Design, the internal planning responds to particular needs of the occupants. The design concept is driven by the willing to connect with one staircase the 3 floors to maximize the space. The living spaces were designed as open space to allow the natural light to enter, as well as through skylights. The ground floor can be used as a studio, for this reason the staircase, the fulcrum of the project, has a sliding panel created into the structure to divide the space between office and living, if required. Light is a dominant theme, both the natural one and the artificial one, designed in collaboration with Viabizzuno. The facade is left to preserve the visual integrity of the mews as a street.
This so called do-it-yourself dwelling in the center of Rotterdam, The Netherlands is part of a bold experiment initiated by the municipality to revitalize dilapidated urban areas. Run-down pre-war dwellings are renovated on the outside by design studio Shift Architecture Urbanism and brought back to their monumental appearance, while the interiors are stripped bare. The empty shell dwellings are primarily bought by enthusiastic young people who transform them according to their specific needs, desires and budgets. Real estate developers have picked up the initiative and a new demand driven market of urban housing has been generated in recent years. The result is a growing number of contemporary custom-made dream houses within the uniform old fabric of the traditional nineteenth and early twentieth century city.
Here is a description of the project from the architects, “Our dream was to create a vertical loft: a house without walls where all three floors are stitched together into one continuous space. The interior of the new house is organized by one oversized closet that connects all floors. It functions as a storage device for the whole house. This piece of XXL-furniture, measuring 10 meters in length and 9 meters in height, replaces the load bearing middle wall of the original house. Its modular system integrates kitchen appliances, bookshelves, wardrobe, and a walk in closet. The introduction of a central void reinforces the presence of the closet. The void enables diagonal views through the house in which the closet is experienced in its full height. It also makes daylight penetrate far into the 14 meter deep house. Two steel stairs in the void make the bookshelves accessible and create a vertical circulation along and through the closet.”
“The extreme makeover of the house is combined with a selective preservation of elements of the old casco. Industrial materials such as the phenol coated multiplex of the closet and the polyurethane flooring are balanced by the longitudinal brick wall that is left bare, the stained glass and the original doors that are restored and re-used. The roughness of the wall, full with traces of the past, tells stories about the continuous makeovers that the house has undergone in the last hundred years.”
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