Shelf life

12Jul11

Back from my Toronto trip! It was nice to get away from the big city of Vancouver…to the big city of Toronto! HA! Actually, it just felt good overall to escape from my normal responsibilities and just be on a little vacay! I happened upon Gay Pride in Toronto and it was glorious fun!

In my previous blog posts, I’ve talked about my love of books. I have so many travel, design, fiction, and textbooks (of course, some trashy novels, some of which I’m too embarrassed to admit here what I have lining my bookcase) that I’m pretty much spilling over in books. I am having a hard time trying to find room for all of it.

So it is interesting that I came across Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio‘s  (helmed by Kazuya Morita, an architect based out of Kyoto Japan)  architectural project with small spacing. Here, Kazuka Morita and Issei Kawashima used the confining space to create an extraordinary open design intertwined with the owner’s love of books (and interest in the Islamic culture). You can see how the design helps maximize the spacing yet is able to capture the essence of simple space. Additionally, Morita incorporates the owner’s vast collection of Islamic historical books within the confines of the small space. From Morita’s website:

In order to satisfy this demand effectively, we designed a lattice structure made from 25mm thick laminated pine-board which serve as book-shelves. The dimensions of each shelf are as follows: 360mm height, 300mm width and 300mm depth. All of the architectural elements in this space (stairs, windows, desks, chairs, etc) have been designed on the basis of this shelf scale, with the aim of achieving geometrical harmony which is comparable to Islamic Architecture. This innovative structural system affords not only large amount of book storage, but the possibility of flexible floor level which can be delivered from every height of bookshelf. Each space for different activity rise up helically, giving the impression of exploring a wooden jungle gym…. Islamic calligraphy on the wall, it is written in Arabic, but the language is Japanese and Turkish.  The biggest one, written as “kun-pu-tei”, means “istanbul house”, it is the name of the house and the others are Turkish  greetings.

The incorporation of books and Islamic influence reminds me of my wonderful trip to Istanbul!

Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio – Shelf Pod 3Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio - Shelf Pod oneKazuya Morita Architecture Studio – Shelf Pod 2Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio – Shelf Pod 4Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio - Shelf Pod 4© All work is copyrighted and belongs to Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio
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