A couple in Yokohama, Japan are avid bookworms so it was only natural for them to ask the architect to build lots of bookshelves along the walls. Japan experiences earthquakes as well so not only the bookshelves need to be sturdy, they have to be earthquake-proof!
The bookshelves were designed not to collapse when an earthquake occurs. While we don’t experience earthquakes in Malaysia, we can definitely get inspired by the design of the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that needed no ladders by Shinsuke Fujii Architects.
Yep, no ladders at all to reach your top shelves.
The bookshelves were designed to slant so the homeowners could climb up the shelves instead. By not having ladders, it saves some space in the home. Climbing up the bookcase to reach for your books also doubles up as a mini exercise and an adventure for the imaginative!
The Japanese couple has a luxury of tall ceilings which enabled them to have multiple rooms in their abode. Using steel walls and walnut flooring for an industrial vibe, the architects created a lounging area which doubles as the living room and a separate dining area or study. The house has large windows as well to allow natural light in and also opens up the space inside.
The homeowners may have a sense of humour because to approve the designs for slanted bookcases, the outside of their house has to jut out.
The building looks like it’s lurching over but the design inadvertently helps shelter the homeowners from the rain as well. It just shows their complete devotion to their books.