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Kanazawa Umimirai Library

Use : Library
Completion : 2011.3
Site area :11,763.43u
Building area :2,311.91u
Total floor area :5,641.90u
Structure/Number of stories : S+RC (partly) / B1F-3F

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This is the third library in Kanazawa City, combined with halls and meeting rooms that promote social exchange between its users, much like a community center. The facility is also expected to serve as a new hub for social life among the local community. For this project, we proposed a simple space measuring 45m by 45m with a height of about 12m, enclosed by a "punching wall" and supported by 25 pillars that would function as a storehouse for books and a hub for human communication. This huge, massive volume served as a reading space in keeping with the mood and setting of a library. What we wanted to do, in other words, was to design a certain "atmosphere" for books and reading. This library consists of a single quiet and tranquil room that resembles a forest, filled with soft light and a feeling of openness reminiscent of the outdoors.