Mt.Fuji World Heritage Centre / 富士山世界遺産センター

Shigeru Ban Architects
Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan / 静岡県富士宮市、日本
2017

木格子の外壁を持つ“逆さ富士”形の建物が、全面の水盤に映り込むと、“富士山”の姿が現われます。水面に映る“富士山”は、“水の山”としての富士山を象徴的に表しています。“逆さ富士”形の建物内部は、1階から5階まで緩やかならせんスロープで繋がり、斜路を登りながらスロープ展示を鑑賞することで疑似登山体験ができます。最上階(5階)の展望ホールまで登ると、大きなピクチャーウィンドウからは、刻々と表情を変える本物の富士山を一枚の絵のように鑑賞できます。敷地には富士山からの湧水を引き込み、空調熱源として利用した後、それを建物前面の水盤に利用し、富士の水の循環を建築的にも表現しています。

The building, with exterior walls of latticed wood, is based on an inverted image of Mt. Fuji, so when it is reflected in the large pool of water in front of it, the reflection looks like the mountain. The Mt. Fuji reflected in the water is a symbolic representation of Fuji as a “mountain of water.”Inside the building shaped like an inverted mountain is a spiral curved slope which leads gradually from the first floor up to the fifth. Viewing the exhibits as they ascend the slope, visitors can enjoy a virtual taste of the experience of climbing the mountain. When they reach the top (fifth) floor, there is an observation hall with a large picture window offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the real Mt. Fuji, which changes its expression from moment to moment. Spring water from Mt. Fuji is drawn into the Centre building and used as an air conditioning heat source, and is then channeled to the Reflecting Pool in front of the building, architecturally conveying the cycle of water on Mt. Fuji.