International Library of Children's Literature
Tadao Ando's addition to the Library creates an
interplay between modern architecture and history.
The International Library of Children's Literature, located in the Ueno Park, Tokyo opened in 2002. The Library supports the activities of local libraries, providing direct services for children as well as a national center supporting research and study on children's literature.
The main building, designated as a historic building by theTokyo
Metropolitan Government, was constructed in 1906 and expanded in
1929. In Tadao Ando's design and structure of the new
addition to the Library, the interior and exterior of the valuable
architectural heritage has been preserved as much as
The steel frame, reinforced concrete and glass extension by Tadao Ando adds approximately 5,433 square meters to the historic brick building.
Facts about International Library of Children's Literature
Building area: 1,929.58 m2
Total floor area 6,671.63 m2
Last updated: January 14, 2013