A library in the heart of the community
This site for this proposed project in the Kuroiso district of Nasushiobara, Tochigi prefecture, is located across the street from Kuroiso Station, several kilometers from the larger Nasushiobara Station. The neighborhood around Kuroiso station once thronged with tourists on their way to the resort town of Nasu, but today, in part because the Shinkansen bullet train does not stop here, it has become a quiet backwater. In order to create a new focal point for revitalizing the neighborhood, a competition was held to design a multipurpose facility containing a library and local government offices.
The first floor of this facility will be widely used by the general public, while the main library services will be concentrated on the second floor. We proposed constructing a “magazine street” in the open first-floor space where visitors can naturally deepen their knowledge on various topics. This area would serve as a space for people passing through to stop and spend time as they wish, including children on their way to and from school or on shopping outings. By situating the library above this newly created “magazine street” that many community members pass through on a daily basis, our proposal creates opportunities for them to visit the library more easily.
An educational space that reaches beyond the neighborhood
Because we wanted to create a space where learning emerges from a collaborative network extending far beyond the neighborhood, our library proposal includes mechanisms and programs for actively developing connections in the community. One such program is the “Urban Trail,” a marathon in which participants stop at various sites around town, including the art museum, library, schools, and elder care facilities. This type of event enables participants to learn a great not only through books and other conventional sources of information, but also directly from the town itself, as well as to connect with other people. Our “Learning” events are educational exchanges that bring together teachers and students from a wide area, including Tokyo, to learn and interact with local residents in Kuroiso. These events, we feel, present an excellent opportunity to see Kuroiso in a new light, both by participating in classes that can only be taught here and by coming into contact with a wide range of information that would not normally be available here.
We believe that as local residents immerse themselves in this new type of library, which offers opportunities not just to acquire knowledge but also to learn through experience, they will find themselves on the path toward community revitalization.
- Tochigi, Japan
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- Structural Engineer
- Kanebako Structural Engineers
- Mechanical Engineer
- Chiku Engineering Consultants
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- Lighting Design
- Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design