The finished library.

The finished library.

Mapping the neighbourhood with CASE Studio.

The library in use.

The finished library, a refurbished market house.

From the finished library.

Shelves made from recycled wooden boxes.

Before refurbish­ment.


The people in the Min Buri neighbourhood are classed as “urban poor”, and the former market area has deteriorated into near slum conditions. Tyin wanted to engage in a project that could have a positive effect on a wider community, and the collaboration with CASE Studio Architects allowed them to work in an urban context.

The library is a renovation of a hundred year old brick structure backing onto a canal. Because of flooding risks important areas have been raised, and a mezzanine provides structural stability. Local and recycled materials are used throughout.