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

Japan – Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration

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 spiral slope.

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