Microlibrary Warak Kayu

Microlibrary Warak Kayu is an initiative to increase reading interest by creating socially-performative multifunctional community spaces with environmentally-conscious design and materials. Aiming to serve low-income neighborhoods, the microlibrary charges no entry fee. This project is also a joint community, private sector, and government collaboration.

A great variety of Kayu Lapis Indonesia’s FSC-certified timber materials and products are used for the microlibrary construction. Only the foundations, footings and roof cladding are not wood-based materials. Apart from the concrete foundation, all the wooden elements are prefabricated at KLI’s factory in Semarang and then transported within 20 km to the site.

Prefabrication of the elements at the factory, on-time delivery, and on-site assembly mean less noise, dust, and generally less harmful impacts to the local environment during assembly, and at the same time, faster construction time. In addition, with prefabrication at the factory, higher degree of precision is reached due to better trained workers, modern tools, higher safety standards, and a safer construction process. That also means less mistakes are made; which in turn enables BBC to produce less waste.

Its uniqueness speaks for itself as Microlibrary Warak Kayu won the Popular Choice at the 2020 Architizer+ Awards in the Libraries category. Competing among huge world-class libraries built with enormous funding, Microlibrary Warak Kayu manages to appeal to a wide consensus of people and gain remarkable support from the public. It surely has become one for the books in the history of Indonesian architecture.