Material: glass, stainless steel and concrete
The Gigabyte bookcase can contain as many books as an early E-reader (a GB of information). The bookcase addresses the disappearance of shape, volume and material in the digital world and somehow makes it a monument for ones treasured books and their smell, form and feel in general. We would love to make a completely mechanical Iphone one day.... but it will take a huge warehouse.
The staircase is an example of an object of an uncommon scale, combining the craftsmanship of an architectural model maker and structural engineers. It is a 5.6 meter high bookstaircase in glass stainless steel and poly concrete, partly made in the architectural model making workshop of Vincent de Rijk
With the upcoming market of the E-reader, are they a threat or opportunity? Do we still read a paper book in fifty years, or do we all read digital? Some large publishing companies and small bookstores even claim to went bankrupt because of this new way of reading. In a short interview below we asked Karien Hilbers and Thomas Swinkels about the future of the paper book and their 101 year old bookstore, ' Eerste Bergensche Bookhandel'.