When I was little and I imagined my ideal home I always focused on the library. I had aspirations for buying a lighthouse and renovating it into a library so I could walk up the spiral staircase in the center surrounded by my favorite books until I reached a large loft on the top...Yep, it was a beautiful vision. I'm apparently not the only one with grandiose aspirations involving books because El Ateneo exists. El Ateneo is a bookshop in Buenos Aires built inside an old theatre. Many of the original frescos remain as well as theatre boxes were guests can browse their books before purchasing and the stage has been converted into a cafe. It truly is a striking creation.