Completed in 1992 by Japanese architect Hiroshi Naito, the Sea Folk Museum is an example of wood Japanese craft with 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 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
Naito’s design stance has been constant and characterized 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 building’s environmental context and landscape. Naito’s structures emerge uniquely from his ability to unify these apparent polar extremes. In this respect, they challenge us to consider the proper course for architecture in the future.
Sea Folk Museum Plans and Model
Sea Folk Museum Image Gallery
About Hiroshi Naito
Hiroshi Naito is a Japanese architect born in Yokohama, Japan in 1950. He is the principal architect at Naito Architect & Associates based in Tokyo.
He received an 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.