Temples of Books
Libraries are so much more than collections of books. They are archives of knowledge, spaces of study, sources of inspiration, and connection. Among the world’s most universal and democratic places, they are also outstanding icons of architecture that represent the societies that built them. Temples of Books celebrates the world’s oldest and grandest shrines to the written word, as well as new and tiny ones: from baroque palaces to micro-libraries made of recycled plastics, and the unlikely ones in between.
Looking at the diverse architecture of global libraries throughout the ages, Temples of Books goes further and explores the very idea of libraries themselves. This is a book about the beauty of books, a book for book lovers, and for those who believe in the power of ideals.
P. 138 top Photo BC architects & studies, Temples of Books, gestalten 2021
P. 159 + 264 Photo Reinhard Görner, Temples of Books, gestalten 2021
P. 276–277 Photo Courtesy of Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Temples of Books, gestalten 2021
gestalten & Marianne Julia Strauss
24 × 30
stitch bound, full color