Mediatheque is located on a tree-lined avenue in Sendai, its transparent
facade allowing for the revelation of diverse activities that occur within
the building.Along this main
facade the six 15.75-inch-thin floor slabs seem to be floating within the
space connected only by the 13 vertical tube steel lattice columns that
rise up from ground floor to roof, similar to the trunks of trees of a
tubes are both structure and vector for light and all of the utilities,
networks and systems that allow for technological communication and
vertical mobility, including elevators and stairs.Each vertical shaft varies in diameter and is independent of the
facade, allowing for a free form plan which varies from floor to floor.
main entrance leads to a double height hall that consists of an
information counter, an open square that supports film screenings and
other events, a café and retail shop.Through the transparency of the facade and the continuation of the
curtain wall to the ground this space reads as a continuation of the
interior of each level of the mediatheque is designed by a different
designer.On the ground floor
Kazuyo Sejima places the administrative offices behind a translucent
screen.The second and third
levels house the Shimin Library and include a browsing lounge with
internet access with furniture designed by K.T Architecture.The fourth and fifth levels contain gallery space; one level an
exhibition space with moveable walls and the other an exhibition space
with mainly fixed walls with rest area seating by Karim Rashid.The sixth level houses the multimedia library dedicated to
audio-visual with green and white furniture designed by Ross Lovegrove and
a 180 seat cinema.
simplicity of elements, what the architect defines as plates (floors),
tubes (columns) and skin (facade / exterior walls), allows for a
complexity of activity and information systems.The diverse programming creates an intricate spatial rhythm which
is defined by varying degrees of public spaces; communal spaces of
activity and individual spaces of repose and solitude.
How to visit
subway from Sendai station take the subway bound for Izumi-chuo to
Kotodai-koen station (3 minutes) take exit Koen 2.The mediatheque is a five-minute walk.
bus approximately 10-minute ride from JR Sendai station on a bus bound for
Kotsukyoku-Daigakubyoin via Jozenji-dori.Get
off at Sendai Mediatheque-mae stop.
foot the mediatheque is a 20-minute walk from Sendai station.
9am -10pm (closed December 29 – January 3).
Library 10am – 8pm (closed Mondays except holiday Mondays, days after
national holidays, 4th Thursday every month and December 28 –