Hands down this is one of the most interesting examples creative architecture and community spaces we've seen all year. But the finished project almost falls in the shadow of the story about how this library came about.

Hands down this is one of the most interesting examples of creative architecture and community spaces we've seen all year. But the finished project almost falls in the shadow of the story about how this library came about.

Located in a neglected area of East Germany with high unemployment and figures of building vacancies up to 80%, the origins of this project began in 2005 outside the district's former library which had closed. KARO Architects constructed a full size temporary library with 1,000 beer crates that were lent to them. This pop-up version lasted two days and operated on an honor system. Residents relocated books to a more permanent home in an abandon storefront. Donated books continued to come in and the collection quickly grew to 20,000 titles.

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