Kani, Japan – Eschewing book-lined libraries, the Gifu University of Medical Science in Kani has introduced a new type of study space. At its Faculty of Pharmacy building, students work in free-standing plywood booths that can accommodate single to three-person study sessions.
Designed by Nagoya-based Yoshihiro Kato Atelier, the project takes cues from vernacular Japanese architecture. Ranging from one to two meters in length and width, the booths are padded in tatami-like mats, giving a certain comfort to the spaces. Multi-purpose and multi-scale, the study areas cater to a range of functions: group and individual work, eating and napping. Low-to-ground tables inside the nooks accommodate books and supplies.