Minna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos

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January 18, 2022

Minna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos (Minna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos) is a complex facility centered on the Gifu City Central Library in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture. Opened on July 18, 2015. Media Cosmos is a complex facility / public cultural facility with library function and regional exchange function, and was developed as an urban redevelopment project on the site of the former Gifu University School of Medicine / Affiliated Hospital. It is located about 2km north of JR Gifu Station and Meitetsu Gifu Station, at the foot of Mt. Kinka where Gifu Castle rises. Public institutions are concentrated on the south side of the site.

History

Background

The Gifu City Library Main Building, which opened in 1958 (Showa 33), has been open for more than 50 years. There is no barrier-free facility such as no elevator, there is no private parking lot for the library, and the opening hours from 10 am to 6 pm were difficult for workers to use. There were few reading seats, and the building was seriously deteriorated. Since the Kano branch office became the Kano library in 1996 (1996), there was a Gifu City Library main building and several library rooms in Gifu city, but in January 2002 (2002) Kano The library was relocated and the Gifu City Library Annex was opened at Heartful Square G under the eastern elevated JR Gifu Station. In 2002, the number of books in the annex was about 70,000 for the main building of about 160,000, but the number of books lent out was about 500,000 for the main building of about 160,000, and the number of users was about 50,000. With about 180,000 people in the main building, the new and well-located branch has digged up a new user base. On the other hand, the number of books lent out in the main building in 2002 was less than that of the Nagamori Library, which has a collection of about 50,000 books. In 2004, the Gifu City Library Main Building had about 200,000 books, which was about 1/5 of the Gifu Prefectural Library in the same city of Gifu. Although there is one annex and several libraries, books can only be returned at the rented library. The library stack has been in short supply since before 1995, and even if 8,000 books were purchased in a year, 7,000 books had to be discarded. Among 133 municipalities with a population of more than 200,000 nationwide, the total floor area of ​​the main building was 122nd and the number of books in the collection was 123rd, both of which were sluggish (FY2011).

Before opening

Gifu City has planned the "Tsukasa no Machi Yume Project" to reorganize public facilities and revitalize the central city area. In the first phase of the project, a new library will be constructed on the site of the former Gifu University School of Medicine, and in the second phase, a new Gifu City Hall building will be constructed on the south side of the new library (provisionally a parking lot as of 2016), and the third phase. Will build a civic culture hall on the site of the current Gifu City Hall main government building. The project is funded by maximizing the use of state subsidies, accumulated funds and favorable bond issuance. The basic concept was formulated in 2005, and the basic plan was formulated in 2010 to select designers. There were 70 applicants from all over the country for the design proposal, and when the selection committee narrowed down to three, Toyo Ito Architects was selected as the designer in the public presentation on February 6, 2011. did. Ito is also the designer of Sendai Mediatheque, which includes the Sendai City Library, and the Hachioji Library of Tama Art University, and later won the Pritzker Prize in 2013. As of 2012, the total construction cost is expected to be 10 billion yen, and the burden on Gifu City was planned to be about 3 billion yen by utilizing subsidies from the government. However, the final total project cost increased to 12.5 billion yen. Gifu City was aiming to complete the construction at the end of 2013 and open in the fall of 2014, but it has a fireproof structure.

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