Story Pod

The Story Pod echoes AKB’s renowned residential projects with a pure, simple form that belies a deeply thoughtful approach to architecture.

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The abstract, black volume — a compact 8’ w by 8’ d by 10’ h — serves as a book exchange and an urban marker in the town of Newmarket, drawing curious residents from nearby Main Street and an adjacent riverside walking trail.

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As users move around the box, the rhythm of its vertical slats changes. The tightest spacing articulates opaque walls; the larger gaps, backed by transparent Lexan, allow light and views to filter through; and the widest openings display the book stacks, encouraging eager readers to enter.

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During the day, two of the walls pivot open like the covers of a book, welcoming people inside or to gather around the front. Visitors can take or leave something to read, or lounge quietly on the built-in seating.

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At night, when the doors are locked, recessed, energy efficient LED lights, powered by concealed, self-sustaining solar panels on the roof, glow through the lattice work like a lantern, providing ambience for night markets or community events.

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Team
Aaron Finbow, Kelly Buffey, Robert Kastelic

Construction
Town of Newmarket, Operation Services Employees

Photography
Bob Gundu, Shai Gil

seen at: architags

text&images: AKB

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