What Makes a Great Reading Place?
There is no one answer! There are endless ways you can build a reading place and no one knows how to implement your favourite reading place better than you. In the case you need some inspiration, here are some design guidelines and additional building blocks you can consider when making your own reading place.
Reading Place Compass
Making a great place is surprisingly simple. According to Project for Public Spaces, a renowned placemaking firm, creating a great place comes down to four key attributes:
- These places are accessible and well connected
- These places make people comfortable
- These places attract people to do activities in them
- These places are social environments
These key placemaking attributes transform everyday spaces into unique memorable experiences that keep people wanting more. When we started thinking about reading, and how to use these principles to build a great reading place, we created a reading compass to show the elements that we thought were most important when making our own reading place.
When making your own reading place, there are four place elements of the reading place compass that you should consider to elevate place from a good reading place to a great one: A place for reading books; A place for curiosity; A place for coziness; A place for building connection.
Building Blocks of a Great Reading Place
There are three main building blocks that you need when creating a reading place: Books, Book Lighting, and Book Storage. Using these tools, you can make a reading place virtually anywhere!
There are many building blocks that you can implement in a reading place to achieve the place goals described above. Here are the items we think are the most important building blocks when creating a reading place to call your very own.
Further reading list
If you want to learn more about design concepts, we recommend investigating some of the following sources for inspiration and guidance: