NEWS
Shigeru Ban completes dramatic Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in shadow of famed volcano
POSTED 08 Jan 2018 . BY Kim Megson
The Pritzker-winning architect Shigeru Ban has completed the dramatic Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture, with a design that mimics the famous dormant volcano.

Located 20 miles southwest of the natural landmark, Ban’s 3,400sq m (36,500sq ft) facility is formed by an inverted latticed timber cone, that appears mountainous when seen in the large reflecting pool at the front of the complex.

Inside, exhibitions tell the story of the 3,776m (12,389ft) World Heritage site, the history of the Fuji-ko religion it inspired, and its role in popular culture.

Videos and audio recordings feature, as do artworks and a 15m-wide (49ft) recreation of Mount Fuji made from Japanese paper.

Other facilities include a 4K theatre, a library, an event space, a restaurant and a shop.

Visitors can ascend the building via a 193m (633ft) spiral slope that simulates a climb up the volcano – Japan’s highest peak. A viewing tower in the cone with full-height glazing frames the real thing in the distance.

Mount Fuji was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 and a competition was held shortly afterwards to choose a design for the Fuji World Heritage Center. The winning submission was selected ahead of over 230 rival proposals.

Ban’s best-known cultural buildings include The Centre Pompidou-Metz museum in France, the Aspen Art Museum in the US and his recently-opened ‘music city’ on Paris’s Île Seguin island.

In 2014, when he won architecture’s top prize, the Pritzker Jury cited Ban for his innovative use of simple materials, such as timber, paper and cardboard, and his dedication to humanitarian efforts, calling him "a committed teacher” and an “inspiration".

In a 2016 interview, Ban told CLADglobal: “Whatever the project, it's important to respect the characteristics, trademark or tradition of the place. I don’t strive to create beautiful and aesthetic architecture, but these characteristics appear naturally from a design. It's something an architect senses.”
A viewing tower in the cone with full-height glazing frames views of the Mount Fuji in the distance Credit: Shigeru Ban Architects
Visitors can ascend the building via a 193m (633ft) spiral slope that simulates a climb up the volcano – Japan’s highest peak Credit: Shigeru Ban Architects
Ban's winning design submission was selected ahead of over 230 rival proposals Credit: Shigeru Ban Architects
Mount Fuji was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 and a competition was held shortly afterwards to choose a design for the Fuji World Heritage Center Credit: Shigeru Ban Architects
The shape of a volcano is formed in the large reflecting pool situated at the front of the complex Credit: Shigeru Ban Architects
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2018

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - Shigeru Ban completes dramatic Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in shadow of famed volcano...
21 Apr 2018 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

08 Jan 2018

Shigeru Ban completes dramatic Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in shadow of famed volcano
BY Kim Megson

Located 20 miles southwest of the natural landmark, Ban’s 3,400sq m (36,500sq ft) facility is formed by an inverted latticed timber cone

Located 20 miles southwest of the natural landmark, Ban’s 3,400sq m (36,500sq ft) facility is formed by an inverted latticed timber cone
photo: Shigeru Ban Architects

The Pritzker-winning architect Shigeru Ban has completed the dramatic Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture, with a design that mimics the famous dormant volcano.

Located 20 miles southwest of the natural landmark, Ban’s 3,400sq m (36,500sq ft) facility is formed by an inverted latticed timber cone, that appears mountainous when seen in the large reflecting pool at the front of the complex.

Inside, exhibitions tell the story of the 3,776m (12,389ft) World Heritage site, the history of the Fuji-ko religion it inspired, and its role in popular culture.

Videos and audio recordings feature, as do artworks and a 15m-wide (49ft) recreation of Mount Fuji made from Japanese paper.

Other facilities include a 4K theatre, a library, an event space, a restaurant and a shop.

Visitors can ascend the building via a 193m (633ft) spiral slope that simulates a climb up the volcano – Japan’s highest peak. A viewing tower in the cone with full-height glazing frames the real thing in the distance.

Mount Fuji was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 and a competition was held shortly afterwards to choose a design for the Fuji World Heritage Center. The winning submission was selected ahead of over 230 rival proposals.

Ban’s best-known cultural buildings include The Centre Pompidou-Metz museum in France, the Aspen Art Museum in the US and his recently-opened ‘music city’ on Paris’s Île Seguin island.

In 2014, when he won architecture’s top prize, the Pritzker Jury cited Ban for his innovative use of simple materials, such as timber, paper and cardboard, and his dedication to humanitarian efforts, calling him "a committed teacher” and an “inspiration".

In a 2016 interview, Ban told CLADglobal: “Whatever the project, it's important to respect the characteristics, trademark or tradition of the place. I don’t strive to create beautiful and aesthetic architecture, but these characteristics appear naturally from a design. It's something an architect senses.”



Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Video: Attractions Management News Flash 20 April 2018
Video: Attractions Management News Flash 20 April 2018   20 Apr 2018

The latest Attractions Management News Flash Video is now live! In this broadcast, we look at Disney chief Bob Iger's Presidential ambitions, .... more>>
Prepare the youth to protect world heritage in the future, says Unesco
Prepare the youth to protect world heritage in the future, says Unesco   20 Apr 2018

Mechtild Rössler, director of Unesco's World Heritage Centre, has said the youth population must be prepared to protect the world's heritage for .... more>>
Ritz-Carlton Nikko to have private onsen
Ritz-Carlton Nikko to have private onsen   16 Apr 2018

The Ritz-Carlton will open a location in Nikko, Japan in 2020, set amid a Unesco World Heritage site. Located two hours north of Tokyo, Nikko is an .... more>>
Airbnb opens 'Office of Healthy Tourism' in effort to boost local communities
Airbnb opens 'Office of Healthy Tourism' in effort to boost local communities   20 Apr 2018

Airbnb has launched a new initiative, designed to help travellers find new holiday destinations and counteract the tourism saturation of major cities .... more>>
Spa Creators designs three-storey Devon spa with ocean views
Spa Creators designs three-storey Devon spa with ocean views   20 Apr 2018

Spa consultants Spa Creators have designed a three-storey spa and gym in Devon, England. Beyond Escapes is a holiday and leisure park that includes .... more>>
ISPA releases inaugural Spa Workforce Study
ISPA releases inaugural Spa Workforce Study   20 Apr 2018

The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation has released its findings from the inaugural ISPA Spa Workforce Study. The study had more .... more>>
Company profile


Pure World Energy

PWE is an engineering based company focussed on delivering integrated energy generation and demand side reduction solutions for its customers.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Discover the future of skincare with ELEMIS’ NEW Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix

Discover the future of skincare with ELEMIS’ NEW Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix

Modern day living can take its toll on our skin, leaving many of us looking more stressed than ever. More>>




in this issue

• Boutique fitness boom fuelled by women
• Fusion opens zynk-designed London club
• The Principal opens organic wellness spa



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Duty Manager
Salary: Up to £20,000 per annum
Location: Banbury OX16 2BW, UK
Company: Legacy Leisure
Strategic Development Officer
Salary: £38,919 - £45,438
Location: Southwark, UK
Company: Southwark Council
Sales Prospector
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Horwich, Bolton, UK
Company: énergie fitness
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




22-23 Apr 2018

The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa - Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, United States



Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1
Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Hospitality: Wasted opportunity
Restaurants take innovative approaches to solve the problem of food surplus More>>
  Gymtopia: Angels’ advocate
Gymtopia founder Ray Algar on making a difference beyond the health club walls More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2015 issue 1

Leisure Management
2015 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Editor’s letter: Active every day
Liz Terry shares her thoughts More>>
  Hospitality & Tourism: Grahame Senior
On the lessons learned from his career More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd