Are you a bookworm whose house can no longer support your novel addiction? Or a bibliophile in danger of being crushed by a tower of texts in your bedroom? If the words ‘home library’ send shivers down your spine, check out a few of the more stunning home libraries we’ve seen around the world. Then start imagining how you’d organise your literature in one of these bad boys. By colour? By subject? Alphabetically? The possibilities are endless…
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Employed as part of the interior architecture of this house renovation in Prahran, Melbourne, this huge bookshelf separates the home’s dining area and kitchen from the living space. The pale timber used for the shelves allows the books on display to standout and in turn gives the home a more personal touch.
London is home to some of the greatest writers of our time and time past. It’s also home to this stunning loft and its enviable bookshelf. The double-height loft means the far-reaches of the shelf need to be accessed by the rolling ladder (as if you haven’t always dreamed of having one of these in your place). It’s probably best to keep those tomes you never read up top.
Found in Fukuoaka, Japan, this house is organised as three distinct layers along one side of the building, joined by a large staircase. On the other side, along nearly the entire height of the building, is an expansive, compartmentalised bookshelf. Bathed in natural light from surrounding windows and skylights, this space is any bookworm’s dream.
Not only does this stunning bookshelf provide ample space for this Parisian family’s home library, but it also acts as a railing for the staircase in their home. As the beech shelves continue upstairs into the mezzanine level, they transform into storage space and dividers that grant privacy to the bedroom entry and office.
In Rotterdam, the Netherlands, an old school building has been transformed into apartments. Becoming a large, open loft style space, one of the apartments features a suspended room that operates as a home office. It’s accessed by a staircase that’s hidden by a large bookshelf. Crafted from a dark hardwood, the bookshelf becomes the focal point of the apartment, which is awash with white.