Designed by Japanese architect Shinsuke Fujii, House in Shinyoshida is a small, contemporary home with a slanted wall. It is situated in a hillside neighborhood of Yokohama, Japan. Incorporated into the western-facing diagonal wall is a prominent floor-to-ceiling bookshelf. It allows the homeowners to easily access hard-to-reach books, with its shelves also acting as a ladder. It also ensures that the books won’t spill out in the event of an earthquake, which is common in this part of Japan.
The bookcase acts as a design focal point, but it’s integral to the structural stability of the home.
Reinforced with concrete and wood, it extends onto an upper level, which features a sunlit lounge.