Friday, January 29, 2010

shelf pod house by kazuya morita architecture 
also see their renovation of a machiya in kyoto.
(as their commenter said: 'lots of space for books' :)


"the client owns an extensive collection of books on the subject of Islamic history, 
so he requested that we create this building with the maximum capacity for its storage and exhibition... 
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."

via the data section of the website


  1. That bathroom is so serene and lovely.

  2. ii-ne!
    I want to move in immediately.
    Thank you for always posting such beautiful things.

  3. Wow. I love that last photo. Maybe it's having spent so much time in my aunt's handmade house in the woods as a child but I love carpets on rough wood. It looks as if it would be chilly, though - no insulation, seemingly, and that high ceiling - but I'm probably just projecting my place onto it. I love the stepped corner on the exterior, too.

    There's something about square cubbyholes that takes me back to kindergarten.

  4. completely wonderful! I love how the table becomes the floor. and can you imagine it full of books?

  5. oh gosh how nice!
    that kanji in the bathroom tile...I LOVE!!

  6. hi there - thanks for your comments, they encourage me to look again, and the more i look at this, the more ingenious i find it. the tones in the bathroom are beautiful, the table to floor is genius. and to be so surrounding my books and golden light....

  7. i keep coming back to these images. so amazing and beautiful..

  8. Incredible, and so full of warmth!