Musashino Art University Library

Construction year: 2011
Address: 1-736 Ogawa-cho, Kodaira-shi | TOKYO | Japan | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 35.7286, 139.477

The Musashino Art University Library is in fact a library made of bookshelves. Sou Fujimoto’s vision of combining searchability and stroll ability into one system is translated into a spiral shape, in the center of the building, covered with wooden shelves. The spiral represents a “clock of numbers”, each number stands for a certain book category, so finding a specific book is really easy, while at the same time its shape and the labyrinthine paths between book-lined walls welcome the visitor who just wants to walk around. Small reading corners are preferred instead of large tables, so that everyone has their privacy and doesn’t get bored if they have to spend a lot of hours there. Although it might seem that the bookshelves are supporting the structure, that is not the case.

Outside, the idea of  the “bookshelved” walls continues, now covered in polycarbonic material, but still the passersby can see the shelves, as the architect also wanted the building to be ready for an extension in the future.

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