Musashino Art University Library

One of my favorite projects in Yuki Sumner and Naomi Pollock's new book New Architecture in Japan is Sou Fujimoto's design for the Musashino Art University Library in Kodaira, Tokyo. Under construction at the time of publication, it is one of the few buildings in the book presented in project form.

[click image for larger view]

In the design the bookshelves are the walls, spiralling in from the perimeter and providing views and access across the different spaces via cutouts in the walls/shelves. Searching the internet for more information on the design, I came across this photo of the completed building.

bookshelf library #2/4, originally uploaded by guen-k.

I'm itching to see some interior shots once the library is stocked with books, but in the meantime take a look at a few other photos by guen_k; they are all best viewed large.


  1. amazing to think that a cardboard model can garner up the same excitement as the large format photos (although on a monitor). Wow I'm itching too!

  2. I am planning a trip to japan in Jan 2011 specifically to check out the new architecture. Any ideas on must sees??

  3. youarealwaysbeautiful - The above book is a good resource, especially if you'll trek outside of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Though if you'll be spending most of your time in those cities, I'd also recommend Toto's architectural guides. For Tokyo, I documented my trip at The Archi-Tourist. I also posted photos of my trip on my blog. Must sees include the Church of Light by Ando, the Sendai Mediatheque by Ito (didn't see it, but wished I did), FOA's Ferry Terminal in Yokohama, all the Omotesando buildings in Tokyo (Dior by SANAA, Prada by HdM, Kengo Kuma's building, Toyo Ito's, Ando's, etc.), all of Kyoto, anything by Ando, etc.


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