Ryuzo Suzuki writes: ‘The library was born out of a proposal by Gifu Mayor Shigemitsu Hosoe, who called for a public space that functions not just as a library, but also as a place where many people can gather and something special is created.

‘The 11 umbrella-like structures, called globes, are made of polyester and nonwoven fabric. In addition to their visually appealing design, they provide functions such as ventilation and lighting. Energy consumption inside the facility is considerably reduced as it utilizes such measures as air circulation facilitated by the wavy ceiling, solar power generation and underground-water-source air conditioning. Outdoor terraces for reading in open air have also been installed along three sides of the building.’

You can read more, and watch a video tour, by following the link to the published article on the right.