Shibuya Booksellers combine two complementary functions into a single narrow space in Shibuya, Tokyo. NAP architects placed the bookshop up front and this gradually turns into a publishing house towards the end of the space.
The sides of the long narrow space have been completely covered with an interesting range of white bookshelves varying in shape and size. Books are arranged chronologically on these so you navigate the books through time rather than alphabet.
The production work of the publishing house takes place on a long table towards the back of the space. Here customers can interact with staff allowing immediate feedback on new projects and a highly unusual shopping experience. Images via Designboom.