Bookgarden is a place in the shade where residents of Opañel neighborhood leave books for sharing. A place to read in the middle of a garden made by themselves.
Bookgarden is also the main material legacy resulting from Imagina Madrid Project, a public art program focused on improving empty lots in different neighborhoods of the city through community activities and codesign.
A metallic structure defines a space whose floorplan responds to the same shape that the neighbors have had for a long time during their meetings there. A concentric shadow to which two appendices are attached: one that rises, where the message «BiblioJardín» is the protagonist and invites us to enter; another that reclines, compressing and bringing its shape towards some sitting steps and a young jasmine willing to climb it. Together with the message and the steps, two hanging seats complete the furniture, inviting the inherited meeting shape of neighbors to remain and revive under the shadow.
On one side of the Bookgarden is the Mamut, a pre-existing wooden construction that used to be in “Matadero Madrid” Cultural Center. Its relocation and retrofitting to accommodate the books have allowed, among other things, its leftover pieces to have a second life and form part of a horizontal wooden surface under the metal bars of the shadow. As if it were a scenario, this new floor allows everyone who is in the Bookgarden to feel as the protagonist.
It is expected that, with time, reading and the jasmine will gain strength and space, so that the Bookgarden will end up dissolving within an environment where books and plants turn into the absolute protagonists.
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