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Abandoned Turkish Bath Transformed Into Pop-Up LIbrary

Abandoned Turkish Bath Transformed Into Pop-Up LIbrary

A 16th century hammam became a temporary archive hall for the Center for Contemporary Art of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Leah Gonzalez


As part of the Urban Dreams Festival  in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, design company Studio 8 1/2 converted a 16th century Turkish bath or ‘hammam’ into a contemporary art library. The festival, organized by the Art Today Association and Center for Contemporary Art, was held for a month and the ‘Turkish bath’ library, titled |CON|Temporary Library, featured the Center’s archives.

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The temporary library was built over the abandoned place and complimented the shape and original design of the communal bath. The library was designed as a spiral wood structure that highlighted the existing 43-meter high cupola of the bath.  It also included book shelves, a computer for searching the Center’s archives, and a comfortable seating area with plush pillows. Bare light bulbs hung from wires gave the library a simple yet modern feel.

|CON|Temporary Library

Images via Vladislav Kostadinov / studio 8 ½

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