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Wonderland

Kunsthal, Rotterdam (NL)

A selection of the most beautiful and unique children’s books from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek’s (Royal Library) collection of 125,000 books for children and juveniles.

Location
Rotterdam (NL)
Client
Koninklijke Bibliotheek Den Haag
Year
2002
Surface
1500 m2
Status
Temporary
Team
Herman Kossmann, Mark de Jong, Martijn Sas, Robert van der Linde, Jos Kuppens, Caspar Conijn
Eleven pavilions

A magical world of children’s books was created, for both children and adults. The assignment was to bring these children’s books and their heroes to life. Playing with scale was a design principle here. The “outer skin” of the exhibition consisted of 5.5 metre high book spines, in which 63 glass showcases gave a chronological overview of Dutch books for children. A large number of showcases included a digital browser book. Eleven pavilions lay like a fallen box of bricks in the space. In each pavilion, a theme was elaborated in a different way using different media. This made every theme a unique experience. For example, the pavilion with ‘creepy’ books took the form of a haunted house, while the pavilion with travel stories was designed as fantasy vehicle to carry you on a journey on which you experience all kinds of travel adventures. This approach made every pavilion an unexpected surprise and kept the mind of the visitor focused.