Explore These Architecturally Innovative Bookcases

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode

At first, books were kept in chests but as they became published in bulk they moved into the cupboard. The doors came off and the bookcase began to evolve. Today, bookcases can be integral architectural elements that shape space and, in some cases, even light. In celebration of International Day of the Book on April 23rd, ArchDaily compiled this round-up of architecturally, innovative bookcases.

Scroll down to see inventive architectural book storage from Alberto KalachARCHSTUDIOToyo Ito, and more. 

Jose Vasconcelos  Library / Alberto Kalach

Courtesy of Alberto Kalach Courtesy of Alberto Kalach

Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode

Underground Forest in Onepark Gubei / Wutopia Lab

© CreatAR - AI Qing & SHI Kaicheng © CreatAR - AI Qing & SHI Kaicheng

Beyazıt State Library / Tabanlioglu Architects

© Emre Dörter © Emre Dörter

Tama Art University Library / Toyo Ito & Associates

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

Bookshelf House / Shinsuke Fujii Architects

© Tsukui Teruaki © Tsukui Teruaki

Altlife Bookstore in Ningbo / Kokaistudios

© Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen

Tongling New Library / yue-design

Courtesy of yue-design Courtesy of yue-design

Rong Bao Zhai Coffee Bookstore / ARCHSTUDIO

© WANG Ning archstudio coffee © WANG Ning archstudio coffee

CREC Sales Pavilion & Library / Van Wang Architects

Courtesy of Van Wang Architects Courtesy of Van Wang Architects

Conarte Bookstore / Anagrama

© Estudio Tampiquito © Estudio Tampiquito

Haitang Villa / ARCHSTUDIO

© Magic Penny archstudio © Magic Penny archstudio

The City of the Books and the Images / Taller 6A

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

Story Pod / Atelier Kastelic Buffey

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil

Eaves House / mA-style architects

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura

Enclave Book Pavilion / Aether Architects

© Zhang Chao © Zhang Chao