The Kanazawa Umimirai Library Focuses on the Beauty of the Book

 - Jul 9, 2011
References: japan-architects & fastcodesign
While some may argue that there is no point in designing and building more libraries around the world because, let's face it, print is still on the decline, the Kanazawa Umimirai Library stands tall amidst this sad belief. A modern, minimalist structure, it may very well prove that learning centers and cultural hubs like this may be able to continue to thrive in contemporary society.

Designed by Coelacanth K&H Architects, the Kanazawa Umimirai Library is more "like an art gallery for dead trees," as Suzanne LaBarre puts it. Its stark white surroundings allows visitors to truly take in the beauty of the book as well as its "overwhelming physical presence, something that the convenience of electronic and digital books cannot offer," says the design studio.