In Japan, a grand library has been set up under the fields, which can also be accessed through the green. Photo: Courtesy of Curco Field website
Tokyo: In Japan, a huge multi-storied library has been built right under the deep greenery and fields, which is a great masterpiece of knowledge on one hand and environmental friendliness on the other.
Dubbed the ‘Underground Library’, it is also a creation of architectural designer Hiroshi Nakamura. Located in the Japanese city of Shiba, this library is built on eco-friendly farms. Its aim is to study books in a peaceful environment in harmony with nature.
There is manure and soil on the roof of the underground library, where there are abundant plants and trees. The management of Kirkco Fields, the company that owns the fields, said that just as plants and trees live in harmony with soil micro-organisms, in the same way, we humans should go underground to get knowledge and take our imagination to a higher plane. . This library has been created under this idea.
To get to the library, one has to pass through the greenery and fields and suddenly a cave-like path appears ahead. Inside, there are winding paths where the thirst for knowledge gradually becomes familiar with the environment. There are now large floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and comfortable and spacious study spaces.
The interior is mostly constructed of wood and features greenery and sunlight from above. Even the sunlight reaches the corner of the library.
The library has been inaugurated on February 16, where there are more than 3000 books in 50 departments.