|19th FLOOR TESTING STARTED
One of the restoration plan's major causes of concern is creating stable temperature conditions in the storage areas. Paper, after all, is like skin: its "pores" widen when it is warm and dust particles can easily penetrate it. When it is cold, it will shrink, allowing the particles to bed themselves.
Temperature fluctuation must, therefore, be avoided.
The proposed solution is the so-called box-in-box system - a system also applied at the St-Felix Warehouse in Antwerp - that can be compared to a huge climate box that is fit into the storage room.
That intervention is planned on all 24 floors of the Book Tower. Some questions of course, remain: will it prove cost-effective, which temperature will have to be maintained, how much energy will it use? etc.
The 19th floor was entirely cleared in December 2009, creating a breathtaking view. It was very tempting, indeed, to keep it empty like that, but the actual intention was to use it as a test floor. So, walls were built, cooling systems installed and epoxy floors cast.
Four companies were asked to install bookshelves in order to have them thoroughly tested as well. And, of course, books were taken up again...
The testing has now started. Primary focus of attention is temperature and how the books respond to it. The idea is to create a book and man friendly environment without neglecting the ecological implications.
A NEW FLOOR
RETURN OF THE BOOKS