Gallery: 6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Lig...

 
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 45 x 45 meter building kept complexity to a minimum in order to make the most of available space and daylight. The dotted exterior walls contain thousands of round windows sized at 200, 250 and 300 mm, which provide a soft even light throughout the interior.

The building is kept cool all summer long by the small size of the windows, the exterior’s white finish, and large natural cooling vents that draw fresh air in through the roof. The under-floor heating and cooling system moderates temperatures at floor level rather than conditioning the entire lofty space, saving energy and improving comfort.

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