Municipal Shimonoseki Aquarium "Kaikyokan"

Municipal Shimonoseki Aquarium

Municipal Shimonoseki Aquarium

Municipal Shimonoseki Aquarium

Municipal Shimonoseki Aquarium

Concept
The Aquarium is a complete rebuilding of the old aquarium on a new site in "Aruka Port" facing the Kanmon Straits. The facility includes a freely accessible exhibit zone with the largest blue whale skeleton in Japan and hands-on experience exhibits.

The new facility borrows the well-loved whale shape profile from the existing aquarium called the "Whale Hall". The whale silhouette was translated into the streamlined glass roof to create a landmark for the area.
Facts
Project Name
Municipal Shimonoseki Aquarium "Kaikyokan"
Client
Shimonoseki City
Location
Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi, Japan
Map
Major Use
Aquarium
Completion
Nov. 2000
Total Floor Area
12,025 m²
Structure
SRC, S
Floors
4F
Photo Credit
Koji Okamoto
Awards
2002 Good Design Award
2002 Handmade Landscape Award
1998 SD Review