While parchments can simply be rolled up, books have to be stored vertically: this may be the reason why the interior of the Brera bookshop is completely vertical. The design by architect Roberto Menghi exploits the vertical nature of the space in a clear and functional way. The books can be picked out and browsed with alluring ease: hidden away in the secret corners furnished with discrete tables and chairs, and lit by small bookstands between light-colored wooden shelves, they simply invite you to read them.


Brera Library
General indoor lighting

Arch. Roberto Menghi
Photo: P. Castiglioni