Even in these digital times, taking a book to the beach remains one of the most popular holiday pastimes.
Now a German architect has come up with a novel way of getting an extension.
Bulgaria’s Black Sea resort of Albena now boasts having its own beach library – with books ready to be read come rain or shine.
Herman Kompernas, the library’s architect and project manager, explained: “We found a material that is very resistant to sun and water. We also found a stabilisation method very quickly. We chose a sort of palette construction for under the library to make it very stable against the wind.”
The library’s stock of over 2,500 volumes in more than 10 languages is so far proving a hit, especially because all books on the shelves can be borrowed for free.
“I think there is a wide choice of books and authors. Also, the library is getting richer because of our guests who leave their own books when they go home for others to read,” said Yovka Strashilova, Albena’s deputy manager.
The special open-air library is made of material resistant to strong wind and extreme sun, and in rainy weather the books will be protected by vinyl, fastened with a zipper.