This will be an atypical post for our YA-lit themed blog, but I wanted to share a fun piece I discovered the other day online. So for a little fun this Friday, I don’t have a book review to share, or an author video post — instead, I wanted to give a nod to some very cool architecture that could be many a book lover’s dream house…
I’m an avid reader, like many of you out there. I love visiting the library, but I also like building my own collection of books…my lovely personal library. Being surrounded by books just makes me darn happy. But certainly I’m not the only reader out there drowning in a sea of books in their living space? Especially now that I’m also a huge manga fan, I think literally every imaginable wall and corner and cubby space has been re-purposed for my growing book collection.
Looking around the web today for news updates I stumbled on an article about what could very well by a version of my dream house…in Japan. Designed by Kazuya Morita and nicknamed the “Shelf-Pod,” it is a compact, 557-square-foot home capable of displaying 20,000 pounds of books! Literally floor to ceiling book shelves, even in the bathroom! There are several articles online, including this one on inman News and this one on Yahoo! Real Estate. You can also visit the Japanese web site for Kazuya Morita Architecture if you want to check out some cool images; the site is in Japanese, but the images speak for themselves.
Poignantly, Kazuya Morita was reportedly called in to teach people how to repair 100 to 200-year-old homes that were damaged in the March 2011 earthquake in northern Japan. His Shelf-Pod house was designed to be resistant to earthquakes.
Imagine all of the YA books and manga and graphic novels you could fit in this house!
Happy Friday to you all :)
Currently reading The Doomsday Code, book 3 in Alex Scarrow’s “Time Riders” series
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