Finding a quiet place to sit and read for a long afternoon is a simple joy in itself, but finding one that is fun, stimulating and artistic is unbeatable. SIBLING, an architecture collective in Melbourne, Australia, created just such a reading space in the National Gallery of Victoria.
In a space between contemporary art galleries, the temporary pop-up exhibition Reading Room celebrates the art of the printed word. Lime-washed timber tiers provide sitting spaces as well as storage for the books, letting readers be supported literally and symbolically by literature.
The tiers create unconventional and flexible seating areas, letting readers sit, lie, stretch out, or even stroll around while reading. A mirrored wall sends the reflections of the space and its occupants into infinity. The Reading Room was a temporary space intervention which was on display from November 2013 to March 2014.