Richard Brothers' sprawling modernist home on Orcas Island was designed to give the artist space to unwind and concentrate on his craft. His library was conceived with the same intention, as architect Michelle Linden created built-in shelves that would accomodate his expansive library of reference books.
While remodeling a poorly-planned loft in Emeryville, California, Lynda and Peter Benoit created a clever storage option: a 16-by-17-by-10-foot wooden box that accomodates their entire book collection along with an upstairs dressing-room and a bedroom inside.
A two-floor bookshelf hugs the undulating staircase in the mind-bending 921-square-foot Coil house in Tokyo.
When architect Andrew Lister designed this wedge-shaped, Japanese-style house outside of Auckland for actor Yuri Kinugawa and film producter Owen Hughes, he wanted to make the interior feel larger than it was. The vertiginous two-story bookcase that takes up the entire northern wall of the living room draws the eye upwards, adding spacial impact without taking up any floor space.
This minimalist library in a concrete prefab in Sebastopol, California, houses owner Ben Kinmont's extensive collection of antiquarian books.
When UCLA professors Carole Goldberg and Duane Champagne set out to build their weekend getaway in Oxnard, California, they wanted a place that would be fun for their entire family, but also ideal for reading and writing post-retirement. Architectural designer Dan Garness took all this into account when designing each of their workspaces, making the most of the 13-foot ceilings by adorning them with towering bookshelves and movable ladders.
A three-story backyard studio in Syracuse features a reading room, library, and sunken tub for relaxation.