Home Library Architecture: 63 Smart and Creative Library Designs

Home Library Architecture: 63 Smart and Creative Library Designs

Sharing your shelf is, in a way, sharing yourself. Every element, from the titles you choose to how you organize them, speaks volumes about your personality and interests.

Who wouldn’t want to bask in a library filled with dusty books and lush plants? But these images generally present the bookcases as a decorative element, superfluous to the very conception of the space. Like many things, when architects embark on the design of bookcases, they can become much more: recessed and hidden, cantilever, patterned, recessed … the list goes on!

We’ve rounded up some of the best examples of libraries that combine functionality with ingenuity.


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Maria Carolina / Sub Estúdio + Pedro Ivo Freire + Flávia Torres.  Image © Tomás Cytrynowicz
Maria Carolina / Sub Estúdio + Pedro Ivo Freire + Flávia Torres. Image © Tomás Cytrynowicz
Casa DL / URBAstudios.  Image © Joao Morgado
Casa DL / URBAstudios. Image © Joao Morgado
Loft CZ7 / Studio 5ft2.  Image © Sonia Mangiapane and Peik Li Pang
Loft CZ7 / Studio 5ft2. Image © Sonia Mangiapane and Peik Li Pang
Greville Road Studio / Syte Architects.  Image © James Morris
Greville Road Studio / Syte Architects. Image © James Morris
Eaves House / MA style architects.  Image © Kai Nakamura
Eaves House / MA style architects. Image © Kai Nakamura
The Long Brick House / Foldes Architects.  Image © Levente Sirokai
The Long Brick House / Foldes Architects. Image © Levente Sirokai
Library House / Architects Shinsuke Fujii.  Image © Tsukui Teruaki
Library House / Architects Shinsuke Fujii. Image © Tsukui Teruaki
Lincoln Roof Extension / Notan Office.  Image © Maxime Delvaux
Lincoln Roof Extension / Notan Office. Image © Maxime Delvaux
Photographer's loft / Architecture Desai Chia.  Image © Paul Warchol Photography
Photographer’s loft / Architecture Desai Chia. Image © Paul Warchol Photography
Architect's Workshop / Ruetemple.  Image courtesy of Ruetemple
Architect’s Workshop / Ruetemple. Image courtesy of Ruetemple
Casa Ortega / Estudio A0.  Image © Sebastián Crespo
Casa Ortega / Estudio A0. Image © Sebastián Crespo
CRID San ​​Miguel Capiata / OCA.  Image © Federico Cairoli
CRID San ​​Miguel Capiata / OCA. Image © Federico Cairoli
casa da escrita / joao mendes ribeiro.  Image © do mal o menos
casa da escrita / joao mendes ribeiro. Image © do mal o menos
CY Residence / Kedem Shinar Design and Architecture.  Image © Amit Géron
CY Residence / Kedem Shinar Design and Architecture. Image © Amit Géron
Casa Bacopari / Una Arquitetos.  Image © Leonardo Finotti
Casa Bacopari / Una Arquitetos. Image © Leonardo Finotti
SlrSrf / Open Source Architecture.  Image © Benny Chan / Fotoworks
SlrSrf / Open Source Architecture. Image © Benny Chan / Fotoworks
Estudio Mike / Daniel Moreno Flores + Margarida Marques.  Image © Federico Kulekdjian
Estudio Mike / Daniel Moreno Flores + Margarida Marques. Image © Federico Kulekdjian
Casa Varanda / Modo Designs.  Image © Bharat Aggarwal
Casa Varanda / Modo Designs. Image © Bharat Aggarwal
Apartment Terracota / AR Arquitetos.  Image © Maira Acayaba
Apartment Terracota / AR Arquitetos. Image © Maira Acayaba
Small Town House / Architecture Office.  Image © Matthew Williams
Small Town House / Architecture Office. Image © Matthew Williams
Apartment Sacadura Cabral / Morim Santos Ailva Arquitectos.  Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG + SG
Apartment Sacadura Cabral / Morim Santos Ailva Arquitectos. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
House in Takatsuki / FujiwaraMuro Architects.  Image © Toshiyuki Yano
House in Takatsuki / FujiwaraMuro Architects. Image © Toshiyuki Yano
Flinders Lane Apartment / Clare Cousins ​​Architects.  Image © Lisbeth Grosmann
Flinders Lane Apartment / Clare Cousins ​​Architects. Image © Lisbeth Grosmann
Casa in Estoril / Atelier TARGA.  Image © Francisco Nogueira
Casa in Estoril / Atelier TARGA. Image © Francisco Nogueira
Santos Dumont Apartment / Atelier d'Arquitetura.  Image © André Nazareth
Santos Dumont Apartment / Atelier d’Arquitetura. Image © André Nazareth
Villa Caméléon / Word of mouth house.  Image courtesy of Maison du Mouth-to-Mouth
Villa Caméléon / Word of mouth house. Image courtesy of Maison du Mouth-to-Mouth
Paulista / Triptych Apartment.  Image © Roberto Wagner
Paulista / Triptych Apartment. Image © Roberto Wagner
Casa Lopera / David Ruiz Molina.  Image © David Frutos
Casa Lopera / David Ruiz Molina. Image © David Frutos
Apartment renovation for a photographer / Alia Bengana.  Image © V.  Vincenzo
Apartment renovation for a photographer / Alia Bengana. Image © V. Vincenzo
House 1101 / H-architects.  Image © Adrià Goulà
House 1101 / H-architects. Image © Adrià Goulà
TRN / JRKVC.  Image © Peter Jurkovič
TRN / JRKVC. Image © Peter Jurkovič
Earth Box / Equipo by Arquitectura.  Image © Leonardo Mendez
Earth Box / Equipo by Arquitectura. Image © Leonardo Mendez
Savukvartsi / Honkarakenne House.  Image courtesy of Honkarakenne
Savukvartsi / Honkarakenne House. Image courtesy of Honkarakenne
Casa no Jardim Paulistano / Grupo SP.  Image © Nelson Kon
Casa no Jardim Paulistano / Grupo SP. Image © Nelson Kon
Loft Space in Camben / Craft Space.  Image © Armando Elias
Loft Space in Camben / Craft Space. Image © Armando Elias
Haffenden House / PARA.  Image © Nathan Rader
Haffenden House / PARA. Image © Nathan Rader
House for librarians and cats / BFDO Architects.  Image © Francis Dzikowski
House for librarians and cats / BFDO Architects. Image © Francis Dzikowski
Maison Kobiler / Architextit-Einat Erez-Kobiler.  Image © Hagar Doppelt
Maison Kobiler / Architextit-Einat Erez-Kobiler. Image © Hagar Doppelt
Harcombe / forresterarchitects Image © Adam Scott
Harcombe / forresterarchitects Image © Adam Scott
Casa GMG / Pedro Gadanho.  Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG + SG
Casa GMG / Pedro Gadanho. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
Casa Sumaré / Isay Weinfeld.  Image © Nelson Kon
Casa Sumaré / Isay Weinfeld. Image © Nelson Kon
Loft no Itaim / FGMF Arquitetos.  Image © Fran Parente
Loft no Itaim / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Fran Parente
Apartamento Pamplona / Zoom Urbanismo Arquitetura e Design.  Image © Maira Acayaba
Apartamento Pamplona / Zoom Urbanismo Arquitetura e Design. Image © Maira Acayaba
Sursock Apartment / platau.  Image © Wissam Chaaya
Sursock Apartment / platau. Image © Wissam Chaaya
Lishin Primary School Library / TALI DESIGN.  Image © Hey!  Cheese
Lishin Primary School Library / TALI DESIGN. Image © Hey! Cheese
Apartment Luciano Cordeiro / Aurora Arquitectos.  Image © do mal o menos
Apartment Luciano Cordeiro / Aurora Arquitectos. Image © do mal o menos
Espace St-Denis / Anne Sophie Goneau.  Image © Adrien Williams
Espace St-Denis / Anne Sophie Goneau. Image © Adrien Williams
Casa no Morro do Querosene / gruposp.  Image © Nelson Kon
Casa no Morro do Querosene / gruposp. Image © Nelson Kon
ZTUDIO / mfrmgr.  Image © Grzegorz Sztybel
ZTUDIO / mfrmgr. Image © Grzegorz Sztybel
BHMM House / Estudio JI Arquitectos.  Image © Mariela Apollonio
BHMM House / Estudio JI Arquitectos. Image © Mariela Apollonio
Tetris House / Studio MK27.  Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG + SG
Tetris House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
Shelf-Pod / Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio.  Image © Shinichi Watanabe
Shelf-Pod / Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio. Image © Shinichi Watanabe
GAD 511 / Patrícia Martinez Arquitetura.  Image © Fran Parente
GAD 511 / Patrícia Martinez Arquitetura. Image © Fran Parente
Own House / Metaform.  Image © PION Fotografia
Own House / Metaform. Image © PION Fotografia
Casa Librería / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates.  Image courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Casa Librería / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates. Image courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Casa Juranda / Apiacas Arquitetos.  Image © Pregnolato & Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico
Casa Juranda / Apiacas Arquitetos. Image © Pregnolato & Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico
Cotia Library Garden / IPEA.  Image © Dalton Bertini Ruas
Cotia Library Garden / IPEA. Image © Dalton Bertini Ruas
House Library / Andrea Mosca Creative Studio.  Image courtesy of Andrea Mosca Creative Studio
House Library / Andrea Mosca Creative Studio. Image courtesy of Andrea Mosca Creative Studio
Tower House / Austin Maynard Architects.  Image © Peter Bennetts
Tower House / Austin Maynard Architects. Image © Peter Bennetts
Casa Scout / BAAG.  Image © Courtesy of BAAG
Casa Scout / BAAG. Image © Courtesy of BAAG
Apartment POSSAMAI / Sbardelotto Arquitetura + Atelier Aberto Arquitetura.  Image © Marcelo Donadussi
Apartment POSSAMAI / Sbardelotto Arquitetura + Atelier Aberto Arquitetura. Image © Marcelo Donadussi
HOUSE 3/6 in Dongducheon / GROUP Y. Image © Namsun Lee
HOUSE 3/6 in Dongducheon / GROUP Y. Image © Namsun Lee

Note: This article was originally published on August 20, 2018 and updated on June 24, 2020.