Bringing our list to the 21st century, this university library has crafted local cedar wood into a modern-day coliseum filled with books. Akita International University’s Nakajima Library arms its students for battle—intellectually, that is.
This university library in Japan operates round-the-clock, dedicated to serving its students. The half-circle structure resembles an amphitheater, with rings of shelves ascending in layers. During study breaks and bouts of daydreaming, the coliseum’s ceiling lifts the gaze upward.
The ceiling, a main focal point, is held up by a lattice of wooden beams arranged like an umbrella. The precise arrangement of lines is intricate, perfect to inspire the curious.
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