Aquamarine Fukushima

Aquamarine Fukushima

General View from Janome Beach
In addition to just viewing, hands-on experience of nature is possible

Aquamarine Fukushima

South Façade. The facility seems to jut out into the sea

Aquamarine Fukushima

Brightly sunlit Galleria
The changing seasons and time of day came be felt inside the aquarium

Aquamarine Fukushima

Upper level of tanks use natural lighting and ventilation
fauna and Flora are bred in a natural environment

Aquamarine Fukushima

Children's Experience Facility
the boundaries between interior and exterior are made porous by "slips" and "Slants" in units

Concept
Aquamarine Fukushima is a major domestic Oceanic Science Museum centered on its aquarium functions. The facility is distinguished by its curved glass shelter that lets in abundant light and sea breezes.
The facility exhibits not only water environments, but also waterside land fauna and flora.
The gentle curves and transparency of its silhouette contrast with the industrial port setting but also symbolizes the splendor and natural rhythms of the open ocean.
The facility was damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster, but was reopened within the short span of 4 months due to enormous support and assistance it received.
Facts
Project Name
Aquamarine Fukushima
Client
Fukushima prefecture
Location
Iwaki-shi, Fukushima, Japan
Map
Major Use
Aquarium
Completion
Jan. 2000
Jan. 2010 (Children's Experience Facility)
Total Floor Area
14,975 m²
Structure
S, SRC, RC
Floors
4F 1BF
Notes
Supervision Partner/Fukushima Prefecture Civil Engineering Department Maintenance Division, Kajiwa Corporation (Children's Experience Facility)
Landscape/Plantago
Thermal Environment Simulation/AGC Amenitech
disaster prevention plan/Akeno Facility Resilience
Wind Tunnel Test /Wind Engneering Institute
Exhibition Design/Kanno Creative
Photo Credit
Tetsuya Sugano Photograph Office
FOTOTECA
Awards
2015年 the Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan Award
2004年 AACA Award
2004年 Public Building Award
2003年 Annual Architectural Design Commendation of AIJ
2003年 Fukushima Architectural and Cultural Award
2002年 BCS Award
2001年 Good Lighting Award
2000年 Inter・Intra Space Design Sellection’99