shinsuke fujii architects has completed the ‘book shelf house’ in shinyoshida, yokohama, japan. the design is characterized by a diagonal wall that acts as an integrated and easy-to-use bookshelf. because all the shelves are inclined, it can be easily climbed without a ladder, and books of high position can be taken out and put back in. the playful approach adds a unique character to the home wherein furniture and structure are carefully integrated with one another.

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all images by tsukui teruaki

 

 

the integrated bookshelf spans both levels of the home, and also contributes to the structural integrity of the home. importantly, shinsuke fujii has designed the bookshelf so that it will not collapse when an earthquake occurs. the oblique wall also serves to shelter the entrance of the home from heavy rainfall, common to the japanese region. the bookshelf, normally an external furnishing, becomes a core and central element of the house that translates throughout the entire structure. 

shinsuke fujii architects
the design is characterized by a diagonal wall that acts as an integrated and easy-to-use bookshelf

shinsuke fujii architects
the oblique wall also serves to shelter the entrance of the home

shinsuke fujii architects
the steps and bookshelf lead to a lofted lounge space 

shinsuke fujii architects
the high ceiling allows for multiple spaces within the small home

shinsuke fujii architects
a series of steps links the upper and lower levels, unified by the sloping shelf 

shinsuke fujii architects
the architects employ two materials: reinforced concrete and wood 

shinsuke fujii architects
the entrance to the house is slotted between two homes, where the oblique wall adds a new design intervention

 

 

project info: 

 

site: yokohama,kanagawa
structure: reinforced concrete and wood 
site area : 105.67 square meters
floor area: 86 square meters 

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