50,000 books and three storeys tall, this Japanese museum has the most stunning library you will ever see

Talk about stunning infrastructural spaces and Japan isn’t one to fail us. The country has recently unveiled a spectacle of sorts titled the ‘Kadokawa culture museum’ in Tokyo. Designed by Kengo Kuma – the real estate wonder is being touted as one of the most sensational projects to have opened in the city to date.

Unveiled as part of a larger development called ‘Tokorozawa sakura town’, the site includes an anime-focused hotel, a bookstore, and an indoor pavilion for a variety of events. The project is also home to a dedicated shrine, designed by Kengo Kuma and team.

The museum itself contains a total of five storeys behind its stunning granite façade. The first floor houses a small library and a 1,000 square meter gallery for exhibitions, while the second floor consists of a café and a shop.

The third storey is an anime haven and is entirely dedicated to the presentation of the art form while the fourth and fifth floors contain a double-height library cum bookshelf theater ( with eight-meter-tall (26 ft) bookshelves) and a gallery alongside a restaurant respectively.

An exhibition cum opening was hosted on the lower two floors of the museum on August 1, 2021, while the building officially opened doors to the public on November 6, 2021. You sure don’t want to miss out on this one on your next Tokyo visit!

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