Saraiva Bookstore was conceived as a hybrid between a public square and a library, a place for conviviality, leisure, concentration and rest at the same time. Its architecture is simple and inviting, it aims to disappear behind the books to let the mind wander about their content. A 21st century space, books and new medias share the shelves, demanding a high level of layout flexibility. To organize this myriad of information without creating a monotonous store was as much a challenge as stimulating people to stay, read and interact in a cozy atmosphere.
Located inside a mall in Rio, the store is divided into four floors. Visitors enter through a double height space, where shelves and showcases seem to float in order to highlight books and objects. Some shelves are suspended by rails so that the layout can accommodate different configurations. The ceramic floor was specifically developed for this store to be more reflexive and accentuate the lightning effect. Brazilian-walnut was employed in every space; it is a warm neutral backdrop for the variety of colors and textures of books and objects.
Showcases were designed so a book would not outstand others, inviting visitors to stroll around the diversity of titles. Platforms of different heights are occupied by objects that refer to varied themes. The shelves closer to the floor have such an inclination that their titles can be read by a standing person.
扶手椅和长椅遍布整个书店。历史悠久的巴西设计项目，如保罗-门德斯-达罗查（Paulo Mendes da Rocha）的保利斯塔诺椅（Paulistano Chair）和塞里吉奥-罗德里格斯（Sérigio Rodrigues）的贝格（Beg）扶手椅，邀请读者忘记时间，享受他们的书籍。
Armchairs and ottomans are spread throughout the bookstore. Historical Brazilian design items, such as Paulistano Chair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Beg Armchair by Sérigio Rodrigues, invite readers to forget about time and enjoy their books.
Multimedia spaces, a café, an auditorium and the children’s space are located in the basement floors. Gray tones highlight the electronics contents and organic showcases serve as a support for interactive items. In the children’s room neutrality is broken with a multicolored ramp that invites the kids to explore the titles rendering the space to their scale. Trapezoidal niches are a playful interpretation of the architectural vocabulary employed in the rest of the bookstore, creating a world apart for the youngsters.
Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Area : 2000 m²
Year : 2013
Photographs :Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Interior Design : Dpot, Futon e Company, Carbono Design, Fort Corporstivo, Lumini, Estudio Xingu, Herança Cultural
Contractor : Lar Construtora
Consultants : Studio Serradura, Akkerman Projetos Acústicos, Grau Engenharia, Stec construction, Badiá
Architect In Charge : Arthur Casas
Co Authors : Christiane Trolesi, Mônica Nickel, Marcela Muniz, Renata Adoni.
Collaborators : André Chung, Christiana Matos
Suppliers : Tresuno, Levantina, StantShop, Mr. Cryll, Montele, Atlas, Redsplay, Casa Fortaleza, Flex tintas
City : Rio de Janeiro
Country : Brazil