Kanazawa Umimirai Library

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Kanazawa Umimirai Library
金沢海みらい図書館
Kanazawa Umimirai Library exterior ac (4).jpg
Country Japan
TypePublic library
Established2011
LocationKanazawa city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Collection
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]

Building[edit]

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]

Prize[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[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