In the city of Bandung in Indonesia, a library was built from an unconventional material that truly takes the cake – or should I say, ice cream.
Designed by architects SHAU Bandung, the Taman Bima microlibary features a 1,700-square-foot space meant to address the country’s falling literacy rate, as well as providing the local community with more civic space.
The structure features two levels made out of cheap, durable materials. The first floor contains a stage with rows and rows of outdoor seating. The second floor, meanwhile, contains the library.
But its most stunning feature perhaps is the second level façade, which is made out of 2,000 used ice cream buckets. According to the architects, cutting out the bottom of the buckets created a natural ventilation system.
And by alternating open and closed buckets, they were even able to spell out a hidden message in binary coding. It reads, “buku adalah jendela dunia,” or “books are the windows to the world.”