At some point, maybe after running back to Ikea to buy your third "Billy," many of us bibliophiles have wondered what it would be like to have a home made entirely of bookcases. Well, the Shelf-Pod house designed by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio comes pretty darn close.
The client owns an extensive collection of books on the subject of Islamic history, so he requested that we create this building with the maximum capacity for its storage and exhibition. In order to satisfy this demand effectively, we designed a lattice structure made from 25mm thick laminated pine-board which serve as book-shelves.
All of the architectural elements in this space (stairs, windows, desks, chairs, etc) have been designed on the basis of [a specific] shelf scale, with the aim of achieving geometrical harmony which is comparable to Islamic Architecture. This innovative structural system affords [a] large amount of book storage....
The shelving was precision-cut at a manufacturing facility, then trucked to the site for assembly. I wonder if the dozens of slotted pieces were easier or harder to put together than a Billy.
Overall I'm intensely envious, and am also wondering if the client has a good filing and cataloguing system. I know that even if I had this house, I'd spend 30 minutes at a time climbing around to find a particular book.
Lastly, in a perfect world the Shelf-Pod house owner would meet a woman who was a fashion expert, and Morita would design her a house made completely out of closets.