Wishlisted by Michelle
Sleek, minimalist, spacious, automated, environmentally friendly, community inviting-- Welcome to the future of libraries. Kanazawa Umimirai Library stands almost as an eye sore in the middle of residential areas. But this architectural feat brings in the 21st century to what once was considered the dying "business" of libraries. This "cake box" of a building not only holds shelves upon shelves of books (some of these shelves are automated, by the way!), and the typical reading/ study areas for both for those allowing themselves to be bothered, or isolated from the others, it also holds complex halls and meeting spaces, giving a more communal and neighborly feel to the typical library. The walls are punctured with around 6000 translucent glass holes, giving natural lighting to this 12- meter high building. By entirety, the library is crafted with the acknowledgement of giving a space for those who read for pleasure and those who read for work, keeping in mind the needed space for the community and the 400,00 books they house, the acoustics, the climate and tempreture (as they do rely on natural lighting) and even the smell. All of these are accounted to help create a healthy environment to stay, and be productive around the library.
Open today: 10:00-19:00
I-1-1 Jichumachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan