Project / 4th Quarter 2019

Microlibrary Hanging Gardens

by Florian Heinzelmann

The story of the Microlibrary Hanging Gardens at Babakansari, Kiaracondong, Bandung is a somewhat extended one: what we imagined to be simple turned out to be challenging. SHAU was assigned by Ridwan Kamil—then mayor of Bandung; now governor of West Java—to design another microlibrary after completing the Bima and Taman Lansia ones with the help of corporate social responsibility (CSR) funding from Manila Water. (The CSR funding model, in comparison to the governmental budget, ensured that the architect could assign a preferred contractor and had control over the building realisation.)

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SHAU was presented with several possibilities for potential sites and went on to research each of these locations and narrowed it down to two, both at the Babakansari ...

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