Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

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Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

This house by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, is completely lined with with pine shelves to display the owners' extensive collection of books.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

Called Shelf-Pod, the house features interlocking laminated pine-boards that slot together to form the latticed shelving units.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

The interior has a pyramid-shaped ceiling and wooden platforms of differing heights that form steps, tables and flooring.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

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The following information is from the architects:


Shelf-Pod is a private residence located in Moriguchi City, Japan. The client owns an extensive collection of books on the subject of Islamic history, so he requested us to design this architecture not only for living, but would have the maximum capacity for its storage and exhibition.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

In order to satisfy this demand effectively, we designed a lattice structure made from 25mm thick laminated pine-board what serves as book-shelve.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

The dimensions of each shelf are as follows: 360mm height, 300mm width and 300mm depth. All of the architectural elements in this space (stairs, windows, desks, chairs, etc) have been designed on the basis of this shelf scale, with the aim of achieving geometrical harmony that is comparable to Islamic Architecture.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

This innovative structural system affords not only large amount of book storage, but the possibility of flexible floor level which is delivered from height of bookshelf. Each space for different activity rise up helically, giving the impression of exploring a wooden jungle gym.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

The original image of this structure is derived from the Japanese woodcraft of Kumiko. The structural integrity against the earthquake is provided by a panel of plywood board nailed on the shelf. Initially, the horizontal resistant force guaranteed by the panels was examined in a real-scale model.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

Further to this, an analysis of the whole structure was performed in order to determine the placement of the windows and panels.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

The inter-locking laminated pine-board was manufactured precisely in advance and assembled on-site. Similarly, the pyramid-shaped roof was assembled on-site, from 12 pieces of prefabricated wooden roof panel.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

The completed roof has a thickness of only 230mm and sensitively covers the whole space like the dome of a Mosque.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

As oppose to its unique structure, the outer wall employs the construction techniques of a traditional Japanese storehouse Dozou.

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The bamboo net wall foundation layer was attached to the lattice structure and the clay and straw mixture was applied to the foundation by the trowel. Then the red cedar panels forms exterior wall.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

The interior clay wall was finished with white plaster. These techniques are in accordance with urban fireproofing specifications, as well as maintaining a suitably humid environment for the storage of books.

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

DETA

Design : Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio
Structural engineer : Mitsuda Structural Consultants
Date of completion : August 2007

Shelf-Pod by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

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1st floor 38.34 square meter
2nd floor 13.44 square meter
total 51.78 square meter


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  • Dani

    I love how the plan designates an additional storage room! Love the entryway, the slice from the cube works so well in the site and with the concept.

  • Enrique Fuenzalida

    What if you need to store something bigger than those squares?

    • DK405

      It is a house for an scholar of islam. He has a lot of books. There are other places to store a futon, just like any other house.

      • muckraker

        I think what Enrique was referring to is that not all books are small enough to fit in those little shelf sqaures — I have many books that are oversized.

  • Mario

    Very conceptual and well executed but..it would drive me completely nuts. It must be very hard to be an intellectual..

  • molz

    I can't imagine the effort needed to keep all those shelves clean…

  • bRy

    ^ agreeed… not practical to say the least but definitely beautiful.. dusting them would be a pain.. =/

  • Albert

    maintance is really hard… but it is really well constructed. Maybe some walls could be solid…

  • mmm

    It's very nice indeed. Well worked, and despite the visual complexity it manages to have an altogether calm feel to it.

  • ews

    It has been pointed out that it would be a nightmare to dust but i still think it looks like fun.

    • KBC

      Who dusts?

      • dafdsf

        That’s what you have French maids for.

  • calvin

    I love it so much. So crazy. :)

  • mcmlxix

    It really is a beautiful space, and while I like the steps conceptually, I don’t think their execution is completely successful. This is partly because the height and width of the shelves under them do not match the rest of the room’s shelving, but also, the just don’t look integral, but rather an afterthought. I think I might have approached the steps as simple cantilevered treads.

    • http://www.bryangeedesign.com Bryan Gee

      I agree with you about the stairs. The shelves create such a strong grid system that the stairs are "out of step." I think they need some other material quality or finish so that they stand alone, and separate from the shelf grid. Perhaps if the steps contained enclosed drawers instead of open shelves. Like a modern take on the "Tansu" or "cabinet steps" in traditional japanese architecture. http://www.jtansu.com/v/vspfiles/photos/TG9MY823-

  • yuc

    A very exciting place for someone crazy for books. But it must be hard to remember which book is where; and picking up one from the uppermost shelf is a challange. you must want the book really bad. despite the various difficulties, I love it.

  • alc

    of course, this comes to mind:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_31lgJOf52rk/SS8e1eoThLI

  • javey

    love it.. but as a friend's house

  • Had Walmer

    WOW, here's my formerly secret 'Librarything.com' home fantasy!