Big Table Books

Ames, Iowa

Access to quality books and the desire for a place of gathering provided the momentum for the creation of a community owned Main Street bookstore in Ames, Iowa. Working with a limited budget, C+SA developed a design-build process in which volunteers constructed 75 birch-faced plywood bookcases. These repetitive units were then used to shape a series of interior rooms while ceiling and floor surfaces added color, texture, and pattern to the experience of place.