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A Boxy Library Pavilion with Fairy Tale Charm


Once upon a time, architecture firm Atelier Kastelic Buffey designed a lending library to transform Newmarket’s central square into a community hub – and everyone lived happily ever after.

Photo by Bob Gundu.

Dubbed the Story Pod, the slatted black pavilion cracks open during the day, revealing a plywood-panelled interior with built-in shelves and seating.Visitors are free to pick from the page-turners, and are encouraged to donate old favourites for future bookworms.

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