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May 1, 2012 | by

Kansas City Public Library

It was Thomas à Kempis who wrote, "I have sought rest everywhere, and have found it nowhere, save in a little corner, with a little book.” Would Flavorwire’s slideshow of book edifices have provided the ultimate in serenity, or the reverse? What if the corner were itself a book? Whatever else your reaction, we imagine awe will figure in somewhere. Below, a few of our favorites.

Argument #2, by Tom Bendtsen

Marta Minujin's collaborative Tower of Babel

Matej Kren’s Scanner

Book Igloo, by Miler Lagos



  1. Julia | May 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    How could you leave out Prague’s tower of books?! The tower is located in the main branch of the Prague Municipal Library.

  2. Jason | May 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The best is the Kansas City Public Library. That is so cool.

  3. bt | May 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Isn’t this akin to book burning? I’ve seen a lot of ‘art’ online recently made from destroyed books. Reminds me of Fahrenheit 451 – it isn’t censorship that is to be feared but apathy to books… to ideas… once you’ve been exposed to the four-walled television screen.

    It is not unlike an animal -lover whose den is decorated with the heads of the animals he’s killed.

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