Tamagawa Takashimaya, a fifty-year-old shopping centre, has transformed its spacious atrium into a cross between a library and an art gallery. All photos by Daici Ano < > < > < >

Amidst the barrage of virtual commerce, physical spaces have been offering increasingly personal and meaningful spatial experiences. This renovation of Tamagawa Takashimaya, a fifty-year-old shopping centre, transforms its spacious atrium into a cross between a library and an art gallery. It is designed as an intimate enclave that resembles a park in some places and a private library in others, offering a relaxing space for visitors to encounter books and art.

Three primary elements compose the space: an assemblage of lights, park-like greenery and shelves that foster ...

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