Tonami Public Library

The One-Roomed Library Under the Large Roof Tonami / Japan / 2020

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Toyama prefecture is the only local government in Japan that has built public libraries in all cities of the prefecture. And this library has become the landmark of Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture.


The wide open fields of Tonami once produced various grains to support Kagahyakumangoku. They have inherited the breathtaking rural landscape that is known as “Azumadachi” or scattered settlements. People who have lived here for generations possess both a high rationality and abundant emotions due to the high quality the area provides. The look and feel of the main building conveys the reality of what “Azumadachi” is.


We created a modern interpretation of “Azumadachi” by incorporating a large gentle wave into the massive roof. In the future, we hope that this library will become a new landmark of Tonami City and a symbol of refinement; reminiscent of the wings of Pegasus as he sores.


The space inside of the building and the large roof that covers it are both connected as one space. The wave in the roof represents the inversion of that space. At the harsh slant of the ceiling on the north side, bustle arrives from crowds of people that stop by for short visits, but if you continue to walk, the slope of the ceiling becomes gentler and the space widens. When anyone visits, from children to the elderly, they are enveloped by the warmth of dense lumber and gentle natural light that pours in from the high windows. Along with the soft slope of the ceiling, we have set out to make you feel awe for the world of knowledge around you while also giving you a sense of relief in the serenity of this book forest.

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    Toyama prefecture is the only local government in Japan that has built public libraries in all cities of the prefecture. And this library has become the landmark of Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture. The wide open fields of Tonami once produced various grains to support Kagahyakumangoku. They have inherited the breathtaking rural landscape that is known as “Azumadachi” or scattered settlements. People who have lived here for generations possess both a high rationality and abundant...

    Project details
    • Year 2020
    • Work started in 2018
    • Work finished in 2020
    • Main structure Mixed structure
    • Client Tonami City
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Libraries / Interior Design
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