twelvebooks is a book distributor specializing in contemporary photography. They import selected books from independent publishers all over the world, and distribute them to stores in Japan and rest of Asia.
Having previously worked out of shared offices & warehouses since their foundation in 2010, twelvebooks asked DAIKEI MILLS to design their very first office / gallery space, where they would welcome their business associates and select group of private collectors.
The challenge of this project was to design a space that answers the practical side of running a book distribution operation (i.e. housing the thousands of books in stock), while also creating a space that would allow them to display each books with the respect they deserve.
Resulting space is literally a “wall of shelves” leading the visitor from the entrance to the window accessing the balcony. The continuous white shelves are sculpted walls with thick material presence, angled to accommodate the books like a theatre stage.