Bookshelf of the Week: The ‘Uroko house’

For this week’s Bookshelf of the Week we’re heading out to the ‘land of the rising sun’, to Japan where innovation, creativity and ‘out of the box’ thinking is the daily norm, and this week’s featured bookshelf couldn’t be much more creative.

Taken by, the lucky person who had it built for him, this fantastic bookshelf ensemble goes by the affectionately named ‘Uroko house’. If you love your books so much that you can’t bear to be parted from them even while you sleep, then this could be the bookshelving solution for you. Looking like a cross somewhere between an igloo and one of the houses from Animal Crossing, the walls of the Uroko house are shaped around a bedded compartment (although not clearly evident in the featured shot, this picture shows the bedded compartment better).

Hehehe…I love it, as I’m sure any bibliophile would do. Given it’s shape though I would imagine that the Uroko house couldn’t have been an easy thing to build, and thanks to’s forward thinking in capturing a series of ‘in progress’ photos (they’re mixed in among other renovation shots) we can see that it wasn’t. Regardless, I think it’s well worth the effort. If something like this can’t nurture a passion for books in a child, then I don’t know what would.

Thanks for a great shot(s)!

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).