Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Musashino Art University Libraryby Sou Fujimoto Architects

Photographer Edmund Sumner has sent us these photographs of a university library in Tokyo by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto that has an exterior of timber shelves covered by planes of glass.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

The massing of the two-storey library at Musashino Art University is composed entirely from the shelves, which will hold the books.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Circulation routes spiral around both ground and first floor between apertures cut-out of the shelving.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

The library also includes a closed archive, which is located in the basement.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

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Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

The following information is from Sou Fujimoto:


Musashino Art University Museum and Library

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.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

The project described hereinafter is the plan of the new library which sits within the first phase of the total development.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

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.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Library made from bookshelves

When I thought of the elements which compose an ultimate library, they became books, bookshelves, light and the place.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

I imagined a place encircled by a single bookshelf in the form of a spiral. The domain encased within the infinite spiral itself is the library. Infinite forest of books is created from layering of 9m high walls punctuated by large apertures.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

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.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

One’s encounter with the colossally long bookshelf within the university landscape registers instantaneously as a library, yet astonishing in its dreamlike simplicity.
The library most library-like.
The simplest library.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Investigation and Exploration

Investigation and exploration are two apparent contradictions inherent in the design of libraries.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Investigation is, by definition, a systematic spatial arrangement for the purpose of finding specific books. Even in the age of Google, the experience of searching for books within the library is marked by the order and arrangement of the physical volume of books.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

The opposing concept to Investigation is the notion of Exploration. The significance of library experience is also in discoveries the space engender to the users. One encounters the space as constantly renewed and transforming, discovers undefined relationships, and gains inspiration from unfamiliar fields.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

To achieve the coexistence of the two concepts, spatial and configuration logics beyond mere systematics is employed.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Here, the two apparent contradictions inherent in libraries are allowed to coexist by the form of spiral possessing two antinomic movements of radial path and rotational movement. The rotational; polar configuration achieves investigation, and the numerous layers through the radial apertures engender the notion of Exploration through an infinite depth of books.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

One can faintly recognise the entirety of library and at the same time imagine that there are unknown spaces which are rendered constantly imperceptible.

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

SOU FUJIMOTO
Musashino Art University Museum & Library

Tokyo, Japan
Design: 2007-09
Construction: 2009-10

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects-- principal-in-charge; Sou Fujimoto, Koji Aoki, Naganobu Matsumura, Shintaro Homma, Tomoko Kosami, Takahiro Hata, Yoshihiro Nakazono, Masaki Iwata, project team
Client: Musashino Art University
Program: University Library

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

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Consultants: Eishi Katsura, adviser;
Jun Sato Structural Engineers--Jun Sato, Masayuki Takada, structural;
Kankyo Engineering--Takafumi Wada, Kazunari Ohishima, Hiroshi Takayama, MEP;
Taku Satoh Design Office--Taku Satoh, Shingo Noma, Kuniaki Demura, Inoue
Industries--Takafumi Inoue, Azusa Jin, Yosuke Goto, Hideki Yamazaki,

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects

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Furniture & Sign; Sirius Lighting Office--Hirohito Totsune, Koichi Tanaka, lighting;
CAMSA--Katsuyuki Haruki, facade;
STANDARD--Keisou Inami, skylight
General contractor: Taisei Corporation--Tsukasa Sakata
Structural system: steel frame, partly reinforced concrete
Major materials: wood shelf, glass, exterior; wood shelf, tile carpet, polycarbonate plate ceiling, interior

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Site area: 111,691.93 m2
Built area: 2,883.18 m2
Total floor area: 6,419.17 m2

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