The modular pavilion has been created using 3600 modular parts, which allows it to be disassembled and re-erected in new locations simply, and by unskilled workers.
International architecture firm Nudes, who are based in Mumbai, designed the Bookworm Pavilion as a transportable structure to promote reading and literacy in India youth. The socially minded structure is inspired by the UN goal for ‘all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, to achieve literacy and numeracy by 2030’.
The structure remains in each location for a week, before being transported around the country to a new location. The site where it was first erected was in Mumbai. 12,000 books,which have been donated by schools from around the country, travel with the pavilion.
The winding structure promotes adventure in its circulation. Traditional libraries can be sterile and difficult for children to navigate. The undulating form of the Bookworm Pavilion creates a fun environment for children to explore the books.
At its highest points, the pavilion is able to be entered from below, providing an opportunity for children to explore the structure, and the books, from the inside.
The structure is made from 3600 pre-fabricated elements, which interlock easily to create a simple construction method. It is easily disassembled and then can be transported on a truck.
The structural system is made from recycled plywood elements, which are extremely useful for modular construction. The sustainable product has a low carbon footprint.
The stepped form of the structure means that the structure itself can form the bookcases, as well as seating for users. Having three distinct functions for the building elements means less material can be used.