RINTALA EGGERTSSON ARCHITECTS

ARK BOOKTOWER

London, UK
Victoria and Albert Museum - V&A SUMMER EXHIBITION
Library/Installation
Completed 2010

ARCHITECTS BUILD SMALL SPACES

As we are reaching the end of the first decade of the 21 century, we are witnessing the consequences of human domination on the globe. Global warming, food crisis and collapse of unhealthy economical structures are some examples. At the same time, estimated 500 species of living creatures vanish Slowly, people are waking up to the reality.
With this project we want to offer information of the biodiversity on this planet. If one looks at the nature from outside, one cannot see and understand its complex beauty and vital balance. We need to get back on the grass-root level of understanding the world. We need to get our hands dirty and our mind clean. To know it more is to love it more is to preserve it more, or at least destroy it less.

The installation is a wooden free-standing tower structure is placed in the National Art Library staircase hall corner, lining with the existing pillars. The visitor is invited to choose an alternative, literature-filled promenade through the stairwell-space. One is able to choose from approximately 6000 titles and withdraw to sit and read it in a peaceful one-person reading space in the core of the tower. Inside the reading space will be installed a reading light. This light will shine outwards through the structure, casting scattered light on the surrounding gallery walls, inviting readers like night lantern lures moths.
The books are second-hand/ recycled/ would be otherwise destroyed, and have been collected from publishers, libraries and universities during 2009/2010.
Outside, only white paper is shown of the books, creating a unified minimal wall surface. Interior is a contrasting collage of colors, titles and themes. To learn of the contents of the books, one has to enter the tower.

CURATOR
Abraham Thomas

PRJOECT ADMINISTRATION
Elizabeth Capon

SIZE
3,15 m x 3,15 m = 9,9 m2
Height:7,75 m ( 3 floors )

SPONSORS
UPM Kymmene – wood materials Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs / Norsk Form – travels Luxo – lighting

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Dr. Techn Kristoffer Apeland A/S

TEAM
Dagur Eggertsson, Sami Rintala, Mats Odin Rustøy, Pasi Aalto, Jon Gunnar Akason, Fabricio Fernandes, Harriet Brisley, Mathew Donnachie and Darius Wilson, Vibeke Jenssen, Kaori Watanabe, Naofumi Namba, Ruby Wilson and Molly Odhiambo, Per Sølvsberg

PHOTOGRAPHER
Pasi Aalto