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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Alexis in Bratislava, Slovakia by Martin Jancok and Ales Sedivec

 
January 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Martin Jancok

How can a small bookshop compete within a network of firmly established booksellers? What can it offer to customers? How can it draw attention? Our aim was to create a flexible space that would not only sell books but would also be capable of facilitating various collateral events such as projections, readings, minor concerts, workshops, etc. Two focal points of the bookshop are placed at both ends of the longitudinal space. A checkout is next to the entrance and a coffee bar is on the opposite side on an original elevated gallery.

Image Courtesy Aleš Šedivec

  • Architects: Martin Jancok and Ales Sedivec
  • Project: Alexis
  • Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Type: Bookshop and coffee bar
  • Authors: Martin Jančok (Plural), Aleš Šedivec (Totalstudio)
  • Client: Ladon, s.r.o.
  • Structural engineering: Geostat
  • Carpenter: Treeman
  • Total floor area: 170m²

Image Courtesy Martin Jancok

Both levels are connected with cascades which serve as an auditorium during collateral events and allow customers to sit, read, relax or communicate through regular opening hours. Books are stored in long shelves along both sides of the bookshop. By this means a clear oragnization and a monumental effect is achieved. New titles and bestsellers are displayed at several mobile stands. The permanent part of the program – storage, deposit, office and lavatory – are placed under the gallery and accessible via a staircase at the edge of the coffee bar and cascades.

Image Courtesy Aleš Šedivec

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