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Shigeru Ban flips a volcano on its head for Mt Fuji Heritage Center

Shigeru Ban flips a volcano on...
Shigeru Ban won a competition back in 2013 to design the Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
Shigeru Ban won a competition back in 2013 to design the Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
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The upside-down pyramid that makes up the Mount Fuji Heritage Center is covered in an intricate timber lattice 
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The upside-down pyramid that makes up the Mount Fuji Heritage Center is covered in an intricate timber lattice 
Shigeru Ban's Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
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Shigeru Ban's Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
Shigeru Ban won a competition back in 2013 to design the Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
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Shigeru Ban won a competition back in 2013 to design the Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
Shigeru Ban's Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
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Shigeru Ban's Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
Inside the Mount Fuji Heritage Center are installations for visitors to learn more about the volcano's history
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Inside the Mount Fuji Heritage Center are installations for visitors to learn more about the volcano's history
Shigeru Ban's Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
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Shigeru Ban's Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
Inside the Mount Fuji Heritage Center are installations for visitors to learn more about the volcano's history
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Inside the Mount Fuji Heritage Center are installations for visitors to learn more about the volcano's history
Shigeru Ban's Mt Fuji World Heritage Center offers unobstructed views of the world-famous volcano
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Shigeru Ban's Mt Fuji World Heritage Center offers unobstructed views of the world-famous volcano
The upside-down pyramid that makes up the Mount Fuji Heritage Center is covered in an intricate timber lattice 
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The upside-down pyramid that makes up the Mount Fuji Heritage Center is covered in an intricate timber lattice 
Inside the Mount Fuji Heritage Center are installations for visitors to learn more about the volcano's history
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Inside the Mount Fuji Heritage Center are installations for visitors to learn more about the volcano's history

Shigeru Ban's tribute to Japan's tallest mountain opened its doors over the holiday period, with the Mt Fuji World Heritage Center now welcoming visitors to the esteemed architect's newest landmark building.

Ban won a competition back in 2013 to design the new center, following Mt Fuji's listing as a Unesco World Heritage Site. The design tips its hat to the volcano's famous symmetry by taking the shape of an inverted cone, which offers unobstructed views of the typically snow-capped peak and its surroundings.

The upside-down pyramid is covered in an intricate timber lattice and, if caught at the correct angle in the surrounding waters, resembles the colors and shape of a Mt Fuji the right way up. Inside is an observation hall with views of the volcano, installations for visitors to learn about its history, and a spiraling slope up to viewing tower made to mimic climbing the mountain itself.

Shigeru Ban's Mt Fuji World Heritage Center
Shigeru Ban's Mt Fuji World Heritage Center

"Besides me, everyone who designed a roof resembling the Fuji Mountain — but I thought it's impossible to compete with the Fuji Mountain in front, so I did it the other way around," Ban told DesignBoom during an interview last month. "Inside, there is this kind of experience where you climb up the fuji mountain. Along a slope, we have a very beautiful light projection of the mountain. while you're climbing up, you can see the beautiful images of the different heights of the Fuji Mountain when you climb it. At the end of the slope, on the top floor, there is a penthouse with a sort of 'picture window' that frames the real Fuji mountain."

You can see more images of the Mt Fuji World Heritage Center in the gallery.

Source: Shigeru Ban Architects via DesignBoom

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