This Sea Folk Museum for fishing-related crafts by Japanese architect Hiroshi Naito has an 18.5 meter-wide (60.7 feet) roof constructed of laminated timber trusses. Sunlight fills this generous space from a central skylight, illuminating the fishing boats and assorted exhibits below.
Sea Folk Museum technical information
- Architects: Naito Architects & Associates
- Principal Architect: Hiroshi Naito
- Location: Toba, Mie Prefecture, Japan
- Typology: Cultural Architecture / Museum
- Project Year: 1992
- Images: © Courtesy of Hiroshi Naito Architects
- Total floor area: Collection: 2,026㎡ Exhibition Hall: 1,898㎡
- Material: Wood, Reinforced Concrete
- Model: © Guillaume Burietz, Lolita Leblanc, Laura Cuvelier and Paul-Eugène Gilbert
Architecture is the place where the lives of the people who live within it dwells, and the architecture itself comes to life as the memories of the space and time experienced by the people cohere to it.
– Hiroshi Naito
Sea Folk Museum Photographs
Naitos design stance has been constant and characterised by a breadth of vision encompassing dimensions from 1/1 to 1/2,000. 1/1 means the design issues studied in the building at scale: its components and detailing. 1/2,000 means the buildings environmental context and landscape. Naitos buildings emerge uniquely from his ability to unify these apparent polar extremes. In this respect, they challenge us to consider the rightful course for architecture in the future.
Sea Folk Museum Gallery
About Hiroshi Naito
Hiroshi Naito (内藤 廣 Naitō Hiroshi) is a Japanese architect born in Yokohama, Japan in 1950. He is the principal architect at Naito Architect & Associates based in Tokyo.
He received a M.Arch from Graduate School of Waseda University and he was chief architect at Fernando Higueras in Madrid, Spain, from 1976 to 1978. Back in Japan, he worked at Kikutake Architects from 1979 to 1981 before establishing Naito Architect & Associates in 1981. Naito is Professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo.