General view from south
Design themed on Ocean, Earth and City
Water basin, Great Roof, approach
Shimmering reflections recall the water vistas of Nagahama
Water basin, Great Roof and “Funa’itabei”, a wall built from old ship planks, stand out in the evening
Museum is composed of water basin which reflects shimmering light and “Funa’itabei"
View from above of south façade
Rooftop Biotope recreates nature
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.
2016 Sustainable Architecture Award
2015 JIA Environmental Architecture Award
2014 BCS Award