Architect: Sou Fujimoto
Year built: 2009-2010
The massing of the two-storey library at Musashino Art University is composed entirely from the shelves, which will hold the books. Circulation routes spiral around both ground and first floor between apertures cut-out of the shelving. The library also includes a closed archive, which is located in the basement.
This project is a new library for one of the distinguished art universities in Japan. It involves designing a new library building and refurbishing the existing building into an art gallery, which will ultimately create a new integration of the Library and the Art Gallery. The project described hereinafter is the plan of the new library which sits within the first phase of the total development. Acting as a huge ark, a total of 200,000 units, of which 100,000 will be out in an open-archive, while the other half within closed-archive, rests within this double-storey library of 6,500 ㎡ in floor area.
This spiral sequence of the bookshelf continues to eventually wrap the periphery of the site as the external wall, allowing the external appearance of the building to share the same elemental composition of the bookshelf-as-the-library.