Book reading as a habit is dying down and with the whole e-reader and tablet revolution; many of us have not picked up an actual book in quite a while. Kansas City Public Library though seems to have come up with a unique way to draw in more readers.
Original industrial elements of the home were kept intact and enhance while the street façade was left untouched because of the heritage rules. Exposed brick walls define the living area even as dark steel elements industrial-style windows and wooden ceiling beams are intertwined with comfortable modern décor and polished finishes.
Despite being constrained by the narrowness of the lot Sam Crawford Architects managed to etch out a cheerful and seemingly spacious modern home by tapping into the vertical room on offer.
With the garage cleaned out there was now floor space. We bought an extra shelf from the container store and filled it with boxes that were once obstructing a clear path across the garage.
From ‘Lord of the Rings’ to ‘Invisible Man’ from ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ to ‘Romeo and Juliet’ you will find this parking garage to be quite illuminating and informative! With two metal stairwells that form the visual bookends this is a parking lot that you need not hide away in the back of the building.
Designed by HOK Architects the parking space also uses a rainwater harvesting system to score more brownie points on the ‘going green’ scale. All that apart from the ample space of offer inside!