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HONOR I N TER I OR S Jury: "this is an example where great restraint has great impact. An incremental series of adjustments in the shelving plays to the human eye, and the books become the design." clOudS architecture Office deSiGn team: Masayuki Sono, Ostap Rudakevych, RA liGhtinG deSiGn: Dot Dash GraPhic deSiGn: Goto Design millWOrK: Design + Delivery Collective carPentrY: Vladimir Nikabadze; John Min PlYWOOd SuPPlier: Columbia Forest Products liGht fixture SuPPlier: AL Lighting Ltd. laSer etchinG: Alpha Engraving cOnStructiOn manaGer: ©GION AAM Design St. Mark's Bookshop New York, NY Architect: Clouds Architecture Office Client: St Mark's Bookshop 2015 AIANY Design Awards ©Clouds Architecture Office hen the highly regarded St. Mark's Bookshop moved to the historic First Houses complex in New York's East Village, its owners asked that the store be able to host events. In response, the design team wrapped the perimeter with almost continuous full-height shelving, freeing up the 1,400-square-foot interior as a flexible use space. Variously stacked units for table displays double as loose seating for events. A private windowed office is created by pulling the shelves on one side towards the center of the space. The resulting diagonal walls activate the interior while facing more of the shelves towards the entrance. The shelving is designed to stimulate looking. Vertical supports are pulled back to emphasize its horizontal edges. Sharp corners are eliminated, smoothed into continuous horizontal bands that allow the eye to glide around the space without interruption. Browsing is also enhanced by canting the lower runs to tilt book spines towards the gaze of the viewer. Section titles are etched into the wood of the shelving to maintain the lines' continuity. \ ©GION W Summer 2015 Oculus 41

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2015

First Words: Letter From the President: Collecting Change
Center for Architecture: Center Highlights
Introduction: Going Beyond the Program
Urban Design
Last Words: Letter From the Interim Executive Director: Design Matters - to Everyone
Index to Advertisers

Oculus - Summer 2015