151fbf_iNZauberwald: from tree to book!

Kaingaroa Forest in New Zealand is the world’s largest man-made forest covering a 2900 km² surface area. Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest book fair covering over 7,300 exhibitors. WHAT_architecture brings these two phenomena together under one 3,000 sqm roof to create a forest landscape of 1,000 trunks, branches… books are ultimately from trees, a page is a leaf. Clearings are then made in the forest to create places for reading, eating, sitting, selling, meandering… create your own passage in the enchanted NZ forest in Frankfurt: iNZauberwald!

This is a forest library not a bookshop crammed with books. If we spatialise 1500 books over 365+ trees (a tree a day…) we end up with +/- 4 books per tree or rather 1 book per sqm: an open but private bookshop forest. Overlay this with talking trees. Don’t bunch books together, spread them apart. Each book tells a different story.


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