Libraries of the World


Spiral of Life: The Musashino Art University Museum & Library

The Musashino Art University Library is in fact a library made of bookshelves. Sou Fujimoto’s vision of combining searchability and strollability into one system is translated into a spiral shape, in the center of the building, covered with wooden shelves. The spiral represents a “clock of numbers”, each number stands for a certain book category, so finding a specific book is really easy, while at the same time its shape and the labyrinthine paths between book-lined walls welcome the visitor who just wants to walk around. Small reading corners are preferred instead of large tables, so that everyone has their privacy and doesn’t get bored if they have to spend a lot of hours there. Although it might seem that the bookshelves are supporting the structure, that is not the case.


Sou Fujimoto’s new library for the famous Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan, is stunning and a place for a bookworm to rest and relax reading a good book. As soon as I laid eyes on this one, I knew I had to share. I love the lighting of the building, such bright areas for one to read. I absolutely loved it! The exterior as well as the interior is modern and friendly, warm and bright and honestly I can’t think of anything I didn’t like. Hope you enjoyed it…


So what do you guys think of this Thursday’s library? Yay or Nay?

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