How would you design your dream Little Free Library? Last fall Chronicle Books, in partnership with Little Free Library and AIASF (American Institute of Architects, San Francisco), challenged architects around the world to design outside-the-box Little Free Libraries. Now, the Little Free Library Design Competition winners have been announced!

To create a design that was both visually appealing and practical, participating architects took into account the expert advice of Little Free Library stewards, who asked them to consider things like the height difference between adults and children, seating, proper lighting, and even a place for dog-walkers to tie up their pooch while they flipped through the books.

An overwhelming number of architects were up to the challenge. “The response floored us,” says Chronicle Books. “We received 300 designs from 40 countries, from Tehran to Toronto, Georgia the country to Georgia the state, and many places in between. Some were freestanding structures that you could practically live in, some were designs that affixed to existing infrastructure like parking signs and light poles. All were bound by a love of learning and the role books play in it.”

See the winning designs below. (It’s tough to pick a favorite!)

Judges’ Choice: Owlie by Bartosz Bochynski, FUTUMATA / London, England

 

 

Judges’ Choice, Runner Up: Seth Thompson / San Francisco, California

Chronicle Books’ Choice: Rachel Murdaugh, Clark Nexsen / Asheville, North Carolina

Steward’s Choice: Tree of Knowledge by CIRCLE (Ryo Otsuka, Lin Zihao) / Tokyo, Japan

There was even a Little Free Library that looked like a wheel of cheese!

Book Cheese by Xi Tan, Qian Sun, Xiaojing Zhang, Yan, Li / Guangzhou City, China

To learn more about the winning Libraries and see more of the judges’ and stewards’ favorites, visit Medium.

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