Home libraries feel like they are of the past, a faded glory from a decade that smells faintly of Shalimar perfume mingled with the smell of pipe tobacco. Maybe it's the lack of space these days, maybe it's technology (shameless plug: the iPad. April 3rd)--whatever the case may be, you just don't see 'em that much anymore. That is, of course, unless you find yourself strolling in the Kokubunji district in Tokyo, Japan and happen upon this home designed by Atelier Bow-Wow.
This is actually a two-story library in a very tall, very narrow building of a home with the various areas of the home on different levels. Side note: As impressive as I think this home is, I just can't stop relating it to Unhappy Hipsters.
First floor of the Library
Let's head up, shall we?
Ba-BLAM! Second floor of Library
Other side of the room
See more photos of the Ikushima LIbrary by Atelier Bow-Wow on their site, as well as their portfolio.
(Images: Atelier Bow-Wow)