Thursday, December 6, 2007

Holy Bookstores, Batman!

We here at Full Throttle productions are proud to share our latest international despatch from the Department of Really Freakin' Nifty:



A round-trip ticket from New Zealand to Amsterdam is $3-5000. I figure, bookstore like this, the ticket'd be the least of my worries....

8 comments:

Shauna Roberts said...

Have you ever seen any of the American shows on HGTV where someone takes an old or unusual building (bank, barn, church, department store, missile silo) and renovates it to live in? This bookstore reminds me of that. What a beautiful space. The only thing lacking is me, living there among the books and medieval architecture.

avery said...

That's amazing. Totally worth a trip to Amsterdam just for that. I don't know if I'd spend more time gaping at the books or the architecture. Of course, I showed this to the Architect, who killed my buzz by already having seen it.

Charles Gramlich said...

Beautiful. I'm in awe. Feels like a temple.

Julie said...

Steve, this is a bit random, but I came across Rick Parkers profile while I was looking through blogs this afternoon, remembered you were a cartoonist, and wondered if you'd come across him. (Beavis and Butthead guy?) Shauna's comment reminded me of Barter Books in Alnwick, Nothumberland, which is in the old railway station. Amazing place - they concreted in the gap; and there's a stunning trompe watsit painting there of authors and an indoor railway running round the top of the bookshelves...!

I did a brief cartoon strip while working for a small London rag donkeys years ago. Good laugh.

If we get to Amsterdam, I'll call in....

http://rickparkercomics.blogspot.com/

cs harris said...

Neat link. Thanks!

Lana Gramlich said...

Wow, what a wonderful idea! I often thought (while in Canada,) that some of the old, unused hydroelectric buildings along the Niagara River should be converted into bookstores or museums. They all have grand views of the river. One particularly stately & palatial building even has a view of the back side of the falls! Sorry to see them just sitting there, roped off & unused.

Sphinx Ink said...

It's definitely MY idea of heaven!

Kate S said...

Took my breath away. It seemed surreal. The juxtaposition of the old architecture with the new reminded me of Dali's last supper.

I almost wish they'd kept the shelving, etc. in keeping with the original building, though. Then it would have felt like stepping into Hogwarts' library. :)