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Yamakoya Wooden Library

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The new school year is back in full gear for most of our younger readers so that means more time spent studying and doing homework. With technology at the pace that it’s currently moving at, less people are heading to the library for research, rather the convenience of accessing the world wide web right in the comfort of their own home seems more appealing than heading out to study. In hopes of making things a little more interesting for those who have strayed away from visiting the library, I thought I’d share the winning project from the 2009 JCD Awards in case any of our student readers would like to make a visit this place one day. This wooden library has won the Japanese Design award hosted by the Society of Commercial Space Designers in Japan for its interesting design and practical application.

The Yamakoya (which means wooden-log cabin in Japanese) was a creation by Ben Nagaoka of Point who decided to bring the majestic nature of mountain scenery indoors. This design was created for a special research corner within the library of Ina-Higashi Elementary School to emphasize local history. The space provides areas for group work, private areas for individual study as well as an open space shelving system for the storage of books and other resource materials. I would imagine this setting is quite relaxing… hopefully not too relaxing though, otherwise no studying would ever be accomplished! If you’re interested in Point’s other works in design space, product and furniture, you can check out the rest of their portfolio here.

via Spoon & Tamago

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