Revolving bookcase/room divider


The UnWaste Bookcase was jointly created by Ben Milbourne, Leyla Acaroglu and David Waterworth to act as a loft apartment room-divider that could be opened and spun completely around, depending on the needs of the residents. It's a very clever solution:

A split-level open plan warehouse conversion in Melbourne’s CBD needed a flexible solution to divide the open space into 2 rooms, while retaining the option of keeping the larger combined space when needed; an answer that would allow for light and airflow throughout the spaces but also a division between living and sleeping areas. The James Bond inspired solution involves a 4.6 metre high by 3.8m wide rotating library allowing books to be stored and accessed from either side and maximising air-flow and light when needed by simply pushing on the corner to allow for full 360 degree rotation.

Producing the least environmental impact possible was paramount with this project. Conventional ‘virgin’ MDF, Timber or Melamine all came with unacceptable environmental impacts, leading to an impasse that threatened to derail the project. The solution came via the collaboration with David Waterworth who specialises in reclaimed and recycled materials in his designs. Reclaimed plywood from construction site hoardings (the temporary barriers at the edge of construction sites) were sourced and the material’s unique characteristics of posters, weathering, graffiti and mismatched paints was incorporated into the design. The ply was sealed with natural beeswax, and with the construction processes minimising off-cut waste, 30 sheets of plywood were saved from landfill for this project further limiting its environmental impact.

UnWaste Bookcase (via Bookshelf)

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    1. Yeah…. it’s very *cool* but in fact the need to keep the swept volume free of impediments means you’ve actually used up even more space. I’d still want one, though!

  1. This is pretty damn cool.

    Some sort of damping mechanism to ensure the books can’t be sent flying would be nifty…

  2. “maximising air-flow and light when needed by simply pushing on the corner to allow for full 360 degree rotation”

    Now THAT’S a whole-house fan.

  3. I’m only 5′-3″. I’d never be able to reach those books on the top sections. Would I have to employ a literate monkey to climb up and get them for me?

  4. If I know Melbourne hipsters “Reclaimed plywood from construction site hoardings (the temporary barriers at the edge of construction sites) were sourced and the material’s unique characteristics of posters, weathering, graffiti and mismatched paints was incorporated into the design” translates to: “wood was nicked from a nearby construction site and used to make the place look trendier”. Their apartment needs more milk crates to complete the look.

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