The Architect's BookshopSurry Hills NSW Australia
Designed with a spirit of openness and generosity, The Architect’s Bookshop fills the gap left by the closing of the longstanding bookshop at the Australian Institute of Architects and is envisaged as a cultural hub, not only for architects but for the interested public and beyond.
Two rooms comprise the space fitted out in a simple, pared back interior using a single palette of Australian native Tasmanian oak hardwood for shelving and point of sale. The washed-eucalypt coloured walls and cork floors throughout add to the subtle earthy tones while a large folding mirror at the rear of the shop creates depth and experiential intrigue. The back room, which can be used for reading, meetings, or casual catch-ups, extends the role of the bookshop from retail to a social space where book launches, events and seminars by guest speakers will bring architecture closer to the community.
Conceived in part as a reprieve from the intangible world of online retail, the bookshop’s layout is focused around the browsing experience – a reflection of how architects depend on physical books to shape their thinking. As we become busier, we look more frequently for moments of quietness that allow us to step into other worlds – books and architecture are important ingredients for this precious time.