The brand new Takeo City Library opened on April 1, 2013 in Saga Prefecture. But this facility is no joke. A collaboration between Takeo City and Culture Convenience Club (C.C.C.) – the operator of video rental and bookshop chain Tsutaya – the new library is intended to serve as a cultural hub for the community.
In addition to typical library functionality, the space merges concepts of library, bookshop and café to offer a multi-use space where users can come to read, study or just enjoy a cup of coffee. The library is also revolutionary in its management approach. It’s being jointly run by the state and C.C.C., a private enterprise. And so far the new strategy seems to be working. In the 6 months since the new library opened, visitors have increased by an astounding 355%.
The new library has taken a page from the book of Daikanyama t-site. Not only have they incorporated the same signage but they’re also stocking over 600 magazine titles.
this post is part of our review of the 2013 Good Design Awards. Click here to view the full series.