YANMAR Museum

YANMAR Museum

General view from south
Design themed on Ocean, Earth and City

YANMAR Museum

Water basin, Great Roof, approach
Shimmering reflections recall the water vistas of Nagahama

YANMAR Museum

Evening View
Water basin, Great Roof and “Funa’itabei”, a wall built from old ship planks, stand out in the evening

YANMAR Museum

Entrance Hall
Museum is composed of water basin which reflects shimmering light and “Funa’itabei"

YANMAR Museum

View from above of south façade
Rooftop Biotope recreates nature

Concept
Yanmar Museum was built as part of the 100th Anniversary projects of Yanmar Co. Ltd. at the birthplace of its Founder, Nagahama-shi, Shiga.

The Company Mission statement, “A beautiful world is built from a thankful heart”, is the basis on which it has built its wide variety of products and services in the three business fields of “Ocean”, “Earth”, and “City”.
The Yanmar Museum is a direct architectural expression of these three business fields and is an easily understood projection of its brand image.
“Ocean”, “Earth”, and “City” are each expressed as the water basin, the rooftop planting and the glass/concrete box.
The connection with Nagahama is created by the “Funa’itabei”, a wall built from old ship planking and “Kurobei”, or Black Wall, that are distinctive visual features of the town. The water vistas of Nagahama are also recalled in the water basin which reflects shimmering light on to the soffits.
The museum is designed to be environmentally conscientious and the rooftop Biotope provides learning zone for children to develop and understanding for nature and the ecology of Biwako. They are designed to complement the environmental program of the museum in husbanding of plants and animals.
Facts
Project Name
YANMAR Museum
Location
Nagahama-shi, Shiga, Japan
Map
Major Use
Museum
Completion
Mar. 2013
Total Floor Area
2,910 m²
Structure
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Floors
2F
Photo Credit
Inazumi Photograph Studio
Awards
2016 Good Design Award
2016 Sustainable Architecture Award
2015 JIA Environmental Architecture Award
2014 BCS Award