Story Tower |Latvia

“This summer, RTU International Architecture Summer School students led by architects/tutors Theodore Molloy, Niklavs Paegle and Thomas Randall-Page built The Story Tower in Cēsis, Latvia.

The semi-permanent structure – designed to stand until the local library re-opens in a year and a half – was built using locally-sourced timber and Tetra-Pak, the aluminium foil-like material commonly used in milk cartons.

The tower is made up of three distinct elements: a floor, bookshelf and roof. It is conceived as an ‘urban scale lamp’, providing light and a place to read at all hours of the day. On winter nights the Story Tower becomes an ‘illuminated external reading room’. The project examines the status of paper books in the digital age and aims to ‘celebrate the individual reader and the notion of sharing and exchange’. Theodore Molloy believes the true essence of the project is the exchange of stories old and new, between people and books.”

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“Este Verano, los estudiantes de la  RTU Escuela de Verano de Arquitectura Internacional, guiados por los arquitectos/tutores Theodore Molloy, Niklavs Paegle y Thomas Randall-Page construyeron la Story Tower en Cēsis, Latvia.

La estructura semi permanente – diseñada para durar hasta que la librería local re abra en un año y medio – fue construida usando madera local y Tetra-Pack (el embalaje utilizado comúnmente en las cajas de leche)

La torre está hecha de tres elementos: El Suelo, Estante de libros y un techo. Está concebida como una “lámpara a escala urbana”, proveyendo de luz y de un lugar para leer a todas horas. En las noches de invierno, la Story Tower se convierte en una “sala de lectura externa iluminada”. El proyecto examina el estado de los libros de papel en la era digital y pretende celebrar al lector individual y la noción de compartir e intercambiar. Theodore Molloy cree que la verdadera esencia del proyecto es intercambiar viejas y nuevas historias, entre personas y libros.”

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Tutors: Theodore Molloy, Niklavs Paegle, Thomas Randall-Page
Students: Artūrs Tols (LV), Christof Nichterlein (DE), Dumitru Eremciuc (MD), Natascha Häutle (DE), Rūta Austriņa (LV), Signe Pelne (LV), Tanja Diesterhof (DE), Ulkar Orujova (AZ), Zoe Katsamani (GR).

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

Photos © Chloë Leen, Evelina Ozola, Theodore Molloy, Thomas Randall-Page, Tonu Tunnel and the Building Works Unit

 

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