LIBRAIRIE LA FONTAINE
(Design of a bookstore; Lausanne, Switzerland; 2009-2010)
Librairie La Fontaine is a historic bookstore inside the EPFL campus in Lausanne. Its venue moved to the new Rolex Learning Centre designed by SANAA architects. Taking into consideration the architectural language of the host building the bookstore is organised around 5 "pods".
All pods are slightly different from each other, housing books or magazines on their outside and inside, and even a cozy reading cocoon. The space moves away from a conventional aisle-and-bookshelve rigidity and creates a fluid environment with a rich variety of spaces.