Kitakyushu Children's Library

Discipline : renovation / interior design
Program : library
Location : Fukuoka, Japan
Period : 2016 -
Credit : IAA
To create a user-friendly reading environment, different functions are assigned on each floor with the Nursery students’ reading room on the ground floor adjacent to the Katsuyama Park, the Primary, Secondary and High-school students’ reading rooms adjacent to the entrance lobby and a Multi-purpose Room on the first floor. An elevator is also introduced for convenient circulation. The approach is to create a barrier-free and flexible interior, encouraging children to be relaxed in a comfortable reading space without the usual restrictions of generic bookshelves. The primary objectives of this project are:
Active Exchange with Neighborhood Schools:
One of the main objectives of the Library is to strengthen relationships with the neighborhood schools by setting up a support center that can manage groups of students from different schools.
Foster Civic Pride:
A proposed zone celebrating the work of Motoichi Kumagai and a "Global Maps and Picture Books" corner aimed at fostering global perspectives of children and prepare them for the future.
Encourage Reading Habits:
Children not keen on reading activities can actively engage themselves in library events encouraging them to develop a fun attitude towards reading and eventually be interested in literature.