Fukui Prefectural Library and Archives

The Fukui Prefectural Library and Archives is located in the rural suburbs of Fukui City, surrounded by lush rice fields and adjacent to the Asuwa River, situated in a desirable natural setting. To take complete advantage of this environment, this building establishes a positive relationship with the surrounding setting. The open stack reading rooms are spread out across one floor, and most of them are enclosed by glass curtain walls, creating a visual connection between the inside and outside. The majority of reading areas are situated along the perimeter of this space, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenery during their breaks, viewing the gardens nearby, or gazing far out to the distant mountains.

Location: Fukui, Fukui, Japan
Completion Date: 2003
Building Type: Library, Archives
Structural System: Steel, Reinforced Concrete, Steel Reinforced Concrete
Number of Floors: 1 Basement + 4 Stories
Site Area: 70,000m²
Building Area: 12,919m²
Total Floor Area: 18,436m²
Structural Engineer: Hanawa Structural Engineers
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: Sogo Consultants
Library http://www.library.pref.fukui.jp/
Archive http://www.archives.pref.fukui.jp/
■ Notes
Landscape:studio on site
■ Publication
Nikkei Architecture:2003.10.13
GA JAPAN:2003. No.64
GA Document:No.75
GA Contemporary Architecture:03 LIBRARY
■ Awards / Competition
Chubu Architectural Award (2003),Fukui Urban Landscape Award(2005)
First Prize, open proposal (1997)