This looks like a mysterious black box at first, but once it unfolds, you’ll want to spend all day reading there. AKB, a famed architecture studio, created the “Story Pod”, and placed the box on Main Street in the town of Newmarket, Toronto. Despite how it looks, its sole purpose is an exchange where guests are able to trade books, or just lounge around on the built-in seating for hours on end. When closed, the slats look like an opaque wall, but they reveal book shelves when the openings are widened. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“To invite readers into the space, Story Pod’s doors pivot open in the morning to mimic the covers of a book. Once nighttime falls and the doors are locked to protect the books, energy efficient LED lights (which are powered by the roof’s solar panels) make the structure look like a lantern. For those who are walking around at night, the Story Pod doubles as a beacon of illumination,” according to My Modern Met.