Microlibrary Warak Kayu, Indonesia’s first library made entirely of FSC-certified wood

Located in the Indonesian city of Semarang, Microlibrary Warak Kayu is an inspiring new public space that raises the bar for community design and sustainable architecture. It is also the first library in Indonesia made entirely of FSC-certified wood.

Designed by international architecture firm SHAU, the microlibrary is built using only FSC-certified timber. The new neighbourhood icon is the fifth built project in the Microlibrary series, an initiative to encourage reading in low-income areas by creating “socially performative multifunctional community spaces with environmentally conscious designs and materials.”

All wood materials were sustainably logged in Central Kalimantan and shipped from Sampit to the nearby Semarang factory, where PT Kayu Lapis Indonesia handled the prefabrication process.

Built for approximately $75,000, the Microlibrary Warak Kayu was made possible through a collaborative community, private sector and government partnership.