Aiva bookstore by Studio Arthur Casas, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

September 30th, 2014 by retail design blog

Conceived as a hybrid between public square and library, Rio de Janeiro’s ‘saraiva bookstore‘ provides local residents with a welcoming environment to relax, congregate and unwind. Designed by Studio Arthur Casas, the scheme’s restrained and inviting architecture allows the reading material to take prominence, with a diverse range of spaces spread across the building’s four storeys. The scheme’s restrained and inviting architecture allows the reading material to take prominence.

Located inside a shopping mall, visitors enter the store through a double-height volume where suspended shelves and showcases highlight specific books and objects. Bespoke ceramic flooring has been utilized to accentuate the lighting effect, while Brazilian-walnut is employed as a warm and neutral backdrop for the variety of colors and textures on display.
Specifically chosen Brazilian furniture is found throughout the design.

Specifically chosen Brazilian furniture, such as the ‘paulistano chair’ by paulo mendes da rocha and ‘beg armchair’ by sérigio rodrigues are found throughout, inviting readers to spend time within the store. Additional multimedia spaces are contained within the lower two storeys, alongside a café, an auditorium and a host of children’s areas. Brazilian-walnut is employed as a warm and neutral backdrop for the variety of colors and textures on display. Bespoke ceramic flooring has been utilized to accentuate the lighting effect. A multicolored ramp encircles the children’s area. The store provides local residents with a welcoming environment to relax, congregate and unwind.

Photography Fernando Guerra
Design by studio arthur casas

http://www.designboom.com/architecture/studio-arthur-casas-saraiva-bookstore-09-26-2014/

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