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6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan's Kanazawa Library With Light
Reading areas are set along the perimeter of the walls to allow readers to make full use of the daylight, while multiple designated rooms provide space for more specific activities. The architects modeled the floor plan on the 19th century Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, where a simple, large, open floor dotted with slender columns allows visitors to be immersed in the written word. The open floor plan also allows for more interaction among visitors.
Tucked below the main floor is a mixed-use series of spaces including a theater, multiple meeting rooms of various sizes, and an automated shelving that stores the collection in a closed stack system to save space and optimize organization.
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