After a sociological study, it turned out that the level of attendance of libraries there is one of the lowest in the country, and this despite the fact that this district has the highest number of these institutions per capita.
Therefore, the authorities decided to close all libraries and open seven "idea stores" in their place. All of them are located in busy shopping districts, have a modern design and must compete successfully with boutiques and supermarkets for the attention of citizens.
Recently, the third "ideas store" was opened, built by the architect David Adjaye, famous for his original projects of private houses for the London beau monde. This is the first state order he received.
The bright facade of the new library, where, in addition to books, it will be possible to rent music discs and videotapes, immediately attracts the attention of a passer-by. Through large doors, the visitor enters the two-story courtyard. The interiors are decorated with furniture designed by the Adjaye bureau.
The stairs are decorated with shiny metal, the floor is covered with rubber and the ceiling is made of pine. Cheap and wear-resistant materials have acquired a stylish and expensive look in the hands of a fashionable architect.
Light enters all corners of the building thanks to the skylights.