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Thu 16.10.

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO (JP)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 16.10.2014 - Tagged as: , ,

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

On the former site of the Komatsu construction and mining equipment factory in Komatsu city, Ishikawa, Japan, Mari Ito / UAO has created the Science Hills science museum and communication center, a complex of four “low-rise waves”.

 

 

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

“The complex itself is constructed of four low-rise waves blending into the surrounding relatively low-rise buildings, and also into the backdrop of faraway grand peaks.” say the architects. “The Science Museum is located under the waves and consists of a 3D dome theater, a science experience learning center, a local industrial promotion center, and an incubation center.”

 

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

“There is rooftop gardening at the upper surface of the waves for enhancing insulation efficiency, and it is the attempt to integrate architecture and landscape as a public roof park where people can walk around.”

 

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

“People can stroll freely inside and outside of the broad waves and view exhibits from many aspects. The rooftop curve serves as sweeping canopy controlling light, and also as drains directing rain water into a reservoir for planting irrigation.”

 

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

“Wind-detecting LED garden lights are located throughout the whole site and visualize wind. The entire building is intending to be in harmony with science and to encourage the visitor’s various scientific discoveries in practice.”

 

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito / UAO, photo: DAICI ANO

“The core design concept has the 3D twist of waves and the organic dynamism which reminds limitless number of cross sections of CT scan. Also, the slab sweeping from the ground and then forming waves and park adds a natural and sensitive aspect to the design.”

 

PROJECT DATA
Architecture: Mari Ito/UAo
Location: Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan
Date of Completion: October, 2013
Principal Use: Museum
Structure: Reinforced Concrete
Site Area: 14,428.84m2
Building Area: 6,153.21m2
Total Floor Area: 6,063.03m2
Structural Engineer: Kanebako Structural Engineers
Construction: KUMAGAI GUMI + KAETU Construction Joint Venture (Architecture)

 

to the Mari Ito / UAO website

 

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