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Massive Green-Roofed Bookstores

The 'Book Garden' is the Largest Bookstore in the World

— August 25, 2017 — Eco
Lovers of literature may have to book a flight to check out Iran's 'Book Garden' -- the world's largest bookstore. The large complex was developed with the intention of encouraging Iranian children to be "active and creative through modern methods and equipment.” Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf noted that he hopes the facility will serve as a cultural center, attracting people of all walks of life and encouraging everyone to learn.

True to its name, the 'Book Garden' features a green roof that's open to the public. The building's interior measures 154,000 square feet, which works out to be about 12 miles of shelved books. Book Garden is situated in the midst of an academic complex which includes "movie theaters, science halls, classrooms, a prayer room and a restaurant."
Trend Themes
1. Green-roofed Bookstores - Opportunity to integrate sustainable design elements, such as green roofs, into bookstore architecture.
2. Encouraging Creativity Through Modern Methods - Potential for creating interactive learning spaces within bookstores to inspire creativity in children and adults alike.
3. Bookstore as Cultural Hub - Chance to transform bookstores into community cultural centers that attract people from all walks of life.
Industry Implications
1. Publishing - Opportunity for publishers to collaborate with bookstore owners to create unique and engaging reading experiences.
2. Architecture - Potential for architects to incorporate sustainable design features, like green roofs, into bookstore plans.
3. Education - Opportunity for educators to partner with bookstores to develop interactive learning spaces for students and the general public.
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