Collection by at26 architects

Panta Rhei & Café Dias / bookstore & café


Panta Rhei is a well established and popular bookstore in Slovak Republic. Café Dias is a coffee place, which became an addition to in Panta Rhei branches to support bookloving atmosphere.

With its size, Panta Rhei is one of the largest subjects in its market segment.

We were chosen for a competition to provide a fresh new design for the branches, and after two rounds we came out as winners.

Our main goal was to create a design, that sustains the friendly face of the bookstore appreciated by its customers with a focus on quality and effectivity of the design and modularity of its parts. The elemental module, which we based the design on, is a book, specificaly a connection of a book and a shelf, which led us to find and define the basic proportions and relations between different elements of the interior. The goal was to make these elements aplicable in many different spaces.

An interesting and important factor is the lack of separated storage spaces in Panta Rhei branches with a philosophy of maximizing the sales area. This factor determined a clear limits for the designing process with the need of displaying an enormous amount of titles.

The whole concept is based on clear lines of the shelving system on the perimeter of the interior, which naturaly defines the space. The shelves are also used as a barrier between the bookstore and the coffee place, with some segments left out to connect it psysicaly and also visualy with options to sit, read or walk through.

Dividing wall between bookstore and café is perforated by niches wich are basicaly places for relaxing and reading.

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