Gifu Media Cosmos, Gifu City's Literary Getaway

Updated: Jul 5

Designed by renowned architect Toyo Ito, the multipurpose facility media cosmos is situated in central Japan, in the city of Gifu. There are many words that describe Minna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos, a library, art gallery, cultural hub, and architectural wonder to name a few. On the first floor there is a conference space, a few studios and exhibit space which can be rented out. There is also a Lawson & Starbucks for some caffeine while you just take in all the beauty.

The most famous attraction of the building, the library is situated on the second floor.

The library has eleven giant umbrellas made of triaxial woven fabric, hanging from the ceiling, with bookshelves radiating outwards around them.

These huge hanging hemispheres help feed natural light into the respective sections of the library and underneath each hemisphere there is a different knowledge hub. I mean what? That is so cool that each section catches the interests of each age group.

The purpose of the design was to make the visitors be in a space without walls where one can relax and read a book or just be submerged in the unique architecture of the facility.

The facility is easily accessible from Gifu station either by walking or bus. Either way the architecture itself is worth the visit if you are not going to go there for a good read. Whether you live in or around Gifu or just happen to be traveling through central Japan , this is a place that you don’t want to overlook.

Opening & Closing Hours

  • 9: 00-21: 00

Be sure to keep in mind that the last Tuesday of every month the museum is closed. Happy reading!

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