Kanazawa Umimirai Library

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Kanazawa Umimirai Library
Kanazawa Umimirai Library exterior ac (4).jpg
Country Japan
TypePublic library
LocationKanazawa city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Size228,000 items
Access and use
Population servedGeneral public

Kanazawa Umimirai Library is a public library located in Kanazawa city, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. This is a contemporary building by the Japanese architects Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Horiba, completed in 2011.[1] Its surface creates a decorative grid made of some 6000 small circular blocks of glass which puncture the concrete surface of the building in a triangular array.[2]


The firm that designed the library, Coelacanth K&H, describe the building as a "simple space"[3] of 45m by 45m and 12m high. It was completed in March 2011. The floor area is 5,641.9 square metres; the building's area is 2,311.9 square metres. The "single quiet and tranquil room ... resembles a forest, filled with soft light and a feeling of openness reminiscent of the outdoors".[3]


Hiroshi Horiba and Kazumi Kudo won a Japan Institute of Architects Prize for the library in 2013.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kanazawa Umimirai Library by Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Horiba / Coelacanth K&H Architects". de zeen Magazine. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  2. ^ Gibberd, Matt; Hill, Albert (20 August 2013). "The Return of Ornamentation". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Works: Kanazawa Umimirai Library". Coelacanth K&H. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Japan Institute of Architects Prize". International Union of Architects. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2015.

Coordinates: 36°35′39″N 136°36′15″E / 36.5943°N 136.6043°E / 36.5943; 136.6043