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Musashino Art University Museum & Library / Sou Fujimoto

  • 01:00 - 28 June, 2011
Musashino Art University Museum & Library / Sou Fujimoto
Musashino Art University Museum & Library / Sou Fujimoto, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

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  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Sou Fujimoto
  • Client

    Musashino Art University
  • Area

    2883.18 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. One of the most interesting projects I've seen in a while, the Musashino Art University Museum & Library proposes a new relation between the user and the books, surrounded and sheltered by them. 

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

We had the chance to ask Sou Fujimoto about the challenge of designing this program in the information age, as you can see on the above video.

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, which will ultimately create a new integration of the Library and the Art Gallery. 

Sketch
Sketch

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㎡ in floor area. It is a library made from bookshelves.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

When I thought of the elements which compose an ultimate library, I imagined books, bookshelves, light and the atmosphere. I imagined a place encircled by a single bookshelf in the form of a spiral. 

Concept
Concept

The domain encased within the infinite spiral itself is the library. An infinite forest of books is created from the layering of 9m high walls, punctuated by large apertures. 

Concept
Concept

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.

Rendering
Rendering
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Musashino Art University Museum & Library / Sou Fujimoto" 28 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/145789/musashino-art-university-museum-library-sou-fujimoto/>
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73 Comments

Michael Travis · January 19, 2017

at the age of internet its empty shelves, ambitious design but sad outcome

Kelami · February 24, 2014

google map location is incorrect unfortunately!

ARQ Anahuac Qro · March 14, 2012

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naqib shariff · March 14, 2012

Aaa finally its published RT @ArchDaily: Sou Fujimoto presenting the Mushashino library, more info here: http://t.co/2LjFKjpU

@joseoyarce · March 14, 2012

Sou Fujimoto parte presentando la Bilioteca de Mushashino, mas info acá http://t.co/6MNGFPb4 #CongresoArquine http://t.co/LsboI7fG

Marcos Almeida · March 14, 2012

Sou Fujimoto parte presentando la Bilioteca de Mushashino, mas info acá http://t.co/6MNGFPb4 #CongresoArquine http://t.co/LsboI7fG

Thomas UNTEREINER · March 14, 2012

Sou Fujimoto parte presentando la Bilioteca de Mushashino, mas info acá http://t.co/6MNGFPb4 #CongresoArquine http://t.co/LsboI7fG

Arquitectura · March 14, 2012

Sou Fujimoto presenting the Mushashino library, more info here: http://t.co/EllBGc1b http://t.co/yAvcHUap

Racsopax · March 14, 2012

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Juanjo Tohme · March 14, 2012

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CONYTEC, C. A. · March 14, 2012

Sou Fujimoto parte presentando la Bilioteca de Mushashino, mas info acá http://t.co/6MNGFPb4 #CongresoArquine http://t.co/LsboI7fG

ConstruyeVerde · March 14, 2012

Sou Fujimoto parte presentando la Bilioteca de Mushashino, mas info acá http://t.co/6MNGFPb4 #CongresoArquine http://t.co/LsboI7fG

Francisco Siller · March 14, 2012

Mushashino Library http://t.co/lPntXwLm

Plataforma Arquitect · March 14, 2012

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Plataforma Arquitect · March 14, 2012

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Carlos · January 16, 2012

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Nino Dogiou · November 26, 2011

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BibliotecaMartellago · August 03, 2011

oppure una biblioteca a spirale con gli scaffali al posto delle pareti? http://t.co/AN47lit

Ramon Rossano · July 21, 2011
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ghurley · July 03, 2011

Sou Fujimoto have ingeniously articulated the two competing needs in a library: Searchability and Strollability. I would love to visit the library to check it out, but from the pictures, it seems they have succeeded in balancing both needs.

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holodd · July 02, 2011

@patrickstump If you have an interested in the architecture, you should visit http://bit.ly/l0iG5q , allowed to enter who has a reservation.

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G.D. · July 02, 2011

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peter wood critic nz · July 01, 2011

Imagine cleaning the dust off all those unused, and un-accessible shelves!

Quique Orellana · June 30, 2011

Sou Fujimoto designs a library for t age of Google (linearity for investigation, random rotation for exploration). http://t.co/py0RG8c

Vincent Hui · June 30, 2011

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