House made of bookcases


41 Responses to “House made of bookcases”

  1. zgz says:

    Where will they keep their 360+mm tall books…

  2. Anonymous says:

    I always figured the bookshelves in Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town were a personal fantasy.

  3. coop says:

    From the article…

    “In addition to its unique structure, the outer wall employs the construction techniques of a traditional Japanese storehouse Dozou. The bamboo net wall foundation layer was attached to the lattice structure and the clay and straw mixture was applied to the foundation by the trowel. Then the red cedar panels forms exterior wall. The interior clay wall was finished with white plaster. These techniques are in accordance with urban fireproofing specifications, as well as maintaining a suitably humid environment for the storage of books.”

  4. FutureNerd says:

    Funny, the picture reminded me immediately of a guest house I spent a week in. The walls (including stairway sides) were retrofitted with bookshelves up to the second-floor ceiling… and filled with books about Eastern religions, Buddhism mainly.

    This was the servant’s quarters of a pair of 18th century historical buildings in New England, and the rule is the outside, and especially the part facing the street, has to keep looking like it did, but not the inside. For instance there was a skylight in the room upstairs.

    It is totally cool, a religious experience, to spend time in a house made of books.

  5. Gulliver says:


    Oh yes. Me want.

    This put the library I built to shame. Now I have a massive case of bookcase envy }:-(

    Can’t let the religious folks win the DIY race. We have to close the shelf gap, people. I’ll be in FreeCAD if anyone needs me…

  6. GreenJello says:

    Outdated? I love bookshelves, and we’re lucky enough to have a beautiful library built into one room of our home. However, with the rush to digital media, and a drop in physical books sales I can’t help but to wonder if these sorts of things are going to become more and more relics of a more physical past, only of interest to collectors of antiquities……

    • Anonymous says:

      You will never delete books from those who love them, children may eventually grow up without ever smelling the scent pulped tree, glue, ink and dust, that is the smell of my summers in the library of my home town. But all they will have to do is walk into one of our homes and they will know and maybe come to love that scent again.

    • Anonymous says:

      No not going to fade away into the past units will just hold Cd’s and DVDs instead of books

    • Anonymous says:

      There will always be books. Sorry.

    • Anonymous says:

      Print media is NOT dying, just bad print media.

  7. Anonymous says:

    nice but then there is the age old question,how do you dust it?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Um, reading light?

  9. Anonymous says:

    The completed roof is only 9″ thick thats incredible!

  10. yclept says:

    Wait…the floor can be the height of any of the shelves? Zowie. Also WANT. I have 17 more boxes of books and other media in my garage on top of the 17 I already hauled into my office and storage shed. A house like this could swallow those books and still leave me a few more lifetimes of collecting.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Considering the fact that the Internet Archive is starting to back up their digital books on paper… I dont think paper books are really going anywhere that soon.

  12. JoshP says:

    @anon with an air compressor, of course

    and two… for a few dollars more you could put offset screwin bacK plates behind certain on used shelves that would hold pictures or whatnot.

  13. EH says:

    Having those tables be the same dimensions as the bookcase nooks is a bit dizzying, but I LOVE that part of the floor is a desk (cf. chair at the bottom of the image above). Also: shouldn’t there be a ladder somewhere, or does that contravene some aspect of Kumiko or Islamicism? What of the pattern of white backing squares?

  14. PalookaJoe says:

    Oh the dusting! The dusting!

    • Anonymous says:

      LOL…if one can afford to have a house like this built, one can afford to have someone come in and dust it. For the rest of us…I have four huge bookcases in my little home and it takes a real effort to keep up with them. ;>)

    • Nadreck says:

      Indeed! Doesn’t look like they allowed at least a slit at the back of every shelf, as per industry standard, to allow the dust to fall down the back. I also wonder if they remembered to allow for the “X” tonnes of paper weight once the shelves are full. Many are the buildings that have needed (or have suffered!) severe modification due to that classic boo-boo.

  15. Amelia_G says:

    That’s exquisite! That’s my lair right there, except with more windows in the roof.

    Finally a worthy successor to Henry Petrosky’s “The Book on the Bookshelf”: the house on the bookshelf.

  16. Cherry says:

    Is that pixel font arabic on the bathroom? What does it read, if so?

  17. Mujokan says:

    If there’s another material, I bet it’s exposed concrete.

  18. jtegnell says:

    I’m sure that will be a fun room to clean up after the next earthquake.

  19. Anonymous says:

    so… no insulation then.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Wow, imagine dusting all those shelves… Pretty great though, I would love this as my house!

  21. TheDogIsland says:

    This something that I love, when people become creative and make and build things that one would never think of doing. And there is so much storage space for anything!

  22. Wordguy says:

    Very cool, but also… cold? If there is no wall beyond the shelves, then the books will be pretty much the only insulation.

    • kjulig says:

      Welcome to Japan where insulation is practically unheard of ;-). Well, maybe now that people move away from nuclear energy…

  23. Flaminica says:

    Yeah I hate to play the downer here, and it is a brilliant idea in principle, but this has all hallmarks of design by someone who’s never had to do his or her own housework.

    Ventilated glass doors would reduce the dust and better protect the books, preferably UV-coated frosted glass because – trust me on this – anyone who owns that many books will get sick of staring at the spines eventually.

    Also, how do you access anything above the fifth shelf? I see no rails or ladders.

    • Iscah says:

      “…preferably UV-coated frosted glass because – trust me on this – anyone who owns that many books will get sick of staring at the spines eventually.”

      What a bizarre notion. I’ve never gotten sick of the spines of the books lining my living room. Why should we trust you on this? Do you have overwhelming anecdotal evidence?

  24. Anonymous says:

    You dust it with a leaf blower. Just make sure to have paperweights for anything you leave on the desktop!

  25. Tzctboin says:

    The other houses in the website are very nice as well.

    The pentagonal house is less than 90 sq metres, but looks airy and spacious. Trying sucha thing in London (or any UK town really) would marr you with complaints from your neighbours with councils too afraid to offend their conservative audience. Argh.

  26. jimkirk says:

    “a structure where books could line every surface”

    EVERY surface? That ceiling is shockingly book-free.

  27. Anonymous says:

    What? No books on the ceiling?

    I’m not impressed.

  28. AnthonyC says:

    I love the idea, but all the shelves are the same size? Where do I put my oversize books? My tiny paperbacks?


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