Musashino Art University Museum & Library
The Musashino Art University Museum & Library ,by architect Sou Fjimoto, proposes a new relation between the user and the books, surrounded and sheltered by them.
This project is a new library for a highly distinguished art universities in Japan. It involves designing a new library building and refurbishing the existing building into an 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 in an open-archive, while the other half, within a closed-archive, rests within this double-storey library of 6,500 square meters in floor area. It is a library made from bookshelves. An infinite forest of books is created from the layering of 9m high walls, punctuated by large apertures. This spiral sequence of the bookshelf continues, eventually wrapping the periphery of the site as the external wall to allow the external appearance of the building to share the same elemental composition of the bookshelf as the library.
One’s encounter with the colossally long bookshelf, within the university landscape, registers instantaneously as a library, yet astonishing in its dreamlike simplicity. It is the library most library-like and the simplest library.
Photographs: Daici Ano