Lars Müller Publishers Nomadic Bookstore

  • Location Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
  • Client Lars Müller Publishers
  • Year 2017
  • Status Completed
  • Program Temporary Pavilion
  • Team Ekaterina Golovatyuk
    Giulia Foscari
    AA Diploma 15 – Museum Lab: Adrian Ma, Arslan Arkallayev, Federica Sofia Zambeletti, George Fergusson, Linus Cheng, Lloyd Lee, Ludovica Cirillo, Martina Contento, Olympia Simopoulou, Sebastian Serzysko, Tyler Camille Bollier
  • Surface 40 sqm
  • Collaborators Contractor: Tecnolegno Allestimenti
    Roof Cladding: Dott. Gallina Polycarbonate
    Interior Cork Cladding: Granorte

Designed by the students of the AA Museum Lab, a Diploma unit of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, the Nomadic Bookstore for Lars Müller Publishers is intended as a manifesto of the relevance of books in the context of the expansion of the digital.

Located in the heart of the Brera Design District in Milan, in Piazza San Marco, the Nomadic Bookstore presents a selection of Lars Müller’s publications on Design, Architecture and Human Rights to the wide audience of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2017.

Conceived as an itinerant urban structure, the hovering LED-lit roof of the pavilion projects into the city ever changing provocative titles of Lars’ books and shelters the publications within a soft interior-scape. Inside the pavilion, the predominant use of fine cork with diamond-pointed ashlar ceiling details, allows for a uniform exhibition book display and provides an acoustically subdued environment within hustle of the urban Milanese context. Intended as a prototype, in future incarnations the pavilion will transform itself at night by seamlessly morphing into a closed volume through the use of a pneumatic system.

The Nomadic Pavilion was selected by an international jury from the competition entries of all eleven students of the AA Museum Lab. The winning proposal is the result of an intense collaboration between all students, who temporarily founded the AA Museum Lab office, simulating a “real” architecture practice.

The pavilion was built thanks to the support of Granorte, Dr. Gallina, Pro Helvetia, Vogt Landscape Ltd and the crowd-funding efforts of the students.