Lori Zimmer

Shelf-Pod: An Entire Japanese Home Lined with a Maze of Bookshelves

by , 02/16/11
filed under: Architecture

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What do you do when you have a large book collection? And we mean a ridiculously large collection. Well, you could live in an entire house lined with bookshelves like this one! Designed by Japan’s Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio in Moriguchi City, the entire interior of the home, which has been dubbed Shelf-Pod, is lined with an extensive latticework of laminated pine board. The designers even created a mosque-like domed roof for the house since the homeowner’s book collection consists primarily of Islamic history texts.



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Like most Japanese architecture, Shelf-Pod was designed with traditional techniques, based on the Japanese woodcraft of Kumiko, in mind. The interlocking shelves are at varying levels, which form practical areas like stairs, table tops and other surfaces – these function as storage shelving as well.

With the geometrical harmony of Islamic architecture in mind, the dimensions of the shelves are also proportional to the stairs, windows, desks and chairs within the structure. Kazuya Morita reinforced the structure to earthquake-proof the house by adding additional support to each shelf. The exterior uses the same design as traditional Dozou, or storehouses, with bamboo netting covered with a clay and straw mixture.

With so much shelving everywhere, one can only wonder just HOW many books the owner could possibly have.

+ Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

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3 Comments

  1. giovanni guccini February 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I like this solution and I love the bookcase. Maybe is possible that I re-use this solution for a little house that now I’m making. Obiouvlsy, an ispiration not equal.

  2. mirza baig February 17, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I don’t know what faith the owner belongs to but Muslims don’t display Arabic calligraphy in the bathrooms. Nice interiors though.

  3. caeman February 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    My dream house! I dream of owning a house where every wall is book shelves. I am addicted to book shelves. In addition to never needing to be re-painted, you have so much storage space you might have to buy more stuff to put into the empty spaces.

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