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Thursday, July 7

The Dream House For Bookworm

First and foremost : DISCLAIMERS : news was from Yahoo while pictures were from Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio (totally not mine, duh!)

Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall shelving defines a compact, 557-square-foot home in Osaka prefecture, Japan, designed by Japanese Architect Kazuya Morita.

Designed for a young historian with an extensive book collection in Islamic history, Morita designed the house with interlocking laminated pine boards that slot together to form a lattice of towering shelving units.

Every element -- from the stairs to the windows -- were scaled to the individual shelf unit, "with the aim of achieving geometrical harmony which is comparable to Islamic architecture," Morita's website notes.

The shelving had to be strong enough to support the entire house. "This is an unusual structure. I never experienced this kind of architecture," said Morita, who declined to disclose the cost to build the house. Numerous tests and experiments were run on models to ensure the structural integrity and convince city planning officials to issue a building permit. The home's exterior features a painted clay and bamboo wall, with cedar exterior wall plate. The interior is finished with plaster.

"It can support 10 tons of books," said Morita, who opened his architecture studio in 2000. And, he added, "it can survive earthquakes."

The shelving even extends into the home's bathroom, covering a wall above the toilet and bathtub.

This is how leaving in a library feel like. Totally epic~~~

I don't know about them, but I probably won't use the stairs part. How can I step on the stairs with books underneath?

This is probably not just a dream house for bookworm, but for cockroaches, mites and rats too. The buyer need to do something to prevent those pests. It will a festival for them.