In collaboration with architect Steen Palsbøll. Client: Gentofte Municipality
BOGBØRSEN (The Book Exchange) in Gentofte is a combination of sculpture, a designed object and a bookcase. In contrast to classical sculpture and decoration in public spaces used simple for the purpose of display, this work has a practical function. People can drop off their own books and can take home books that others have dropped off. Thus, one could, for example, exchange one’s own Hemingway novel with a guide book to Chile or a collection of poems by Tove Ditlevsen.
BOGBØRSEN is an alternative library; open 24 hours a day, year round. It gives rise to an extra trip out of the house, an impromptu stop to take a book, or perhaps an unexpected meeting or contact with another book enthusiast. Consequently it can act as an exchange for literary knowledge and interests between residents.
The bookcases are placed in residential areas where residents themselves can locally control their use and