PAVILION AND STAIR CANOPY AT THE
NIZAYAMA FOREST ART MUSEUM with Miyoi Architects and Associates
Nyuzen Town, Toyama Prefecture, Japan, 1999
Toyama Prefecture Nyuzen Town
The entrance pavilion to the Nizayama Museum stays alone now, waiting for the construction of the sculpture garden. The cypress, cedar hedges, that will define the enclousure for every sculpture, will relate with the cedar forest ,just beside, and the landscape of houses sorrounded by hedges and rice fields.
The pavilion is a small building in wood which is isolated in the horizontal landscape from the rice fields od Nyuzen. It wants to be reconized from far away, and in this point, the flags announcing the museum and the exhibitions, should contribute, hanging from the wooden beams that stick out from the cover.
The existing exterior stairs make possible the conection from the exhibition level to the café and the workshops in the upper platform of the old power plant. The stairs go almost paralel to the giantic pipes that conducted the water to the turbines and is the limit of the cedar forest. The cover that protects it now is supported by a wooden structure with the same geometry of the stairs. Under the cover, the wooden colums are a extension of the cedar forest.
When the surface of metal that covers the wooden structure is seen from the café’s terrace, it appears like am unexpected Isseu Miyake folded cloth, and when is seen beside the pipes, it seems one of them.