Kurayoshi Library+ expand detail
43,000 square feet / 4,000 square meters
The Kurayoshi Library is located in the heart of Tottori Prefecture, adjacent to the new Chubu Cultural Center and Museum also designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Comprised of two primary sections – the main City library and a disaster communications center – the facility includes spaces for computer training, group seminars and a 180-seat auditorium.
The Library is accessed through a two-story glazed lobby, which will display exhibits of community arts, books and information. A sweeping glass wall in the reading room and open stack area faces a landscaped plaza that separates the Library from the Cultural Center. A 14-meter (46-foot) high elliptical atrium space is located above the reference desk at the center of the building with a ribbon window stretching from end to end along the top of its northern edge. Three custom designed skylights penetrate the roof, creating patterns of light and shadow on the atrium walls and Library floor. A series of custom-shaped windows articulate the south wall of the atrium and allow views from the second floor to the Library below.