A space to socialise and relax, as well as to sell books, of course. The main part of the Cultura Bookstore in São Paulo, designed by the Brazilian studio MK27 of Marcio Kogan, is located on the large upper floor, the walls of which are literally covered from top to bottom with books that can be consulted seated comfortably in the club chairs, or around the 11 large tables arranged in an orthogonal shape.

The long shelves are marked off by LED lighting strips installed under the flooring. The floors and walls, as well as the ceiling, are entirely covered in wood. Kogan explains: “More than just merely a place to shop, the store is inviting to stay and hang-out. Thus, we sought for visitors to not only find a book that they might be looking for, but rather that they remain there”.

The room surrounds a 21-metre-wide amphitheatre that can be accessed both by the side stairs characterised by slender, almost invisible handrails, and by the steps that can also be used to sit on and read, or to listen to concerts and conferences. Particular attention has also been paid to the lighting, created using linear elements and reinforced towards the centre by suspension lamps. The area dedicated to audiovisual products is located at the entrance of the bookshop, which has a sort of extension stretching towards the garden and the adjacent café. The escalators lead up to the intermediate floor, with the geek zone selling games and comics.

Sabrina Sciama

Sabrina Sciama

After graduating in architecture, she worked in publishing for over twenty years. Contents manager for corporate blogs, architecture- and design portals, collaborating with professional magazines and handling the drafting of monographs. She has worked with: Domus, Abitare, Case da Abitare, Auto&Design, Case&Stili. Actively involved in the design-italia.it portal between 2001 and 2007, working mainly on the daily news section and the daily newsletter, as well as playing a proactive role in the management of additional website content. Editor of Box magazine from 2004 to 2009, also coordinating the drafting of two volumes focusing on young designers entitled “Box circa 40 – progettisti italiani e stranieri attorno ai 40 anni”. Coordinated the drafting of corporate catalogues and monographs for the series entitled “I Protagonisti del Design” for Hachette Fascicoli (Giulio Iacchetti and James Irvine, 2012).