The Library House

This “library house” is a one-story home in quiet residential neighborhood in Togichi, Japan. Built for a single resident, whom the architect, Shinichi Ogawa & Associates, described as a “serious reader,” the house is centered on a 20-foot high bookcase in the main living area, which includes the dining area and the kitchen. The rest of the rooms in the house are arranged in a ring around the library room and each has direct access to it.

A strip of skylight provides ideal daytime reading conditions, and a windowed courtyard a view into the wider world As you can see in the last image, the exterior of the building is strikingly anonymous. Sounds just about right to me.









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