The BookWorm pavilion in Mumbai, by Architectural design firm Nudes, aims to foster a sense of learning through the creation of an interactive learning space.
Most library and institutional structures are often intimidating for children (and sometimes adults). This doesn’t help the fact that approximately 750 million people over the age of 15 still lack basic reading and writing skills. There exists a direct relationship between reading/human literacy and issues such as reduction in crime, poverty alleviation, improvement of health, and increase in employment. As such, the Sustainable Development Goals call for “all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men, and women, to achieve literacy and numeracy” by 2030.
The aim of the pavilion was to create a landscape of books that invite children to explore and learn simultaneously. The designers wanted children to engage in “reading” as a fun activity, encourage children to pick books and read, irrespective of language. The pavilion “worms” through the landscape to offer a unique browsing experience along a meandering pathway.
It measures 36m in length by 12m in width, constructed out of approximately 3600 modular pre-fabricated components to house books and spaces for reading. The pavilion has a low carbon footprint and promotes sustainable building technologies to house “reading”, storytelling activities for society at large. The pavilion was fabricated off-shore and deployed on-site within a week.