Itsuko Hasegawa

Yamanashi Museum of Fruit, 1992

The Yamanashi Museum of Fruit, commissioned by an agricultural association, is situated north of Mount Fuji in Japan in a vast park of 195,000 m2. Dedicated to fruit, this region’s main source of wealth, the museum enables the flow between several elements, including three main buildings. Their forms represent a seed, the origin of fruit, at different stages of growth: the seed in the tree (a building named Fruit Plaza, in the shape of a short tree); the new seed germinating in the sun (the Tropical Greenhouse, a sort of slipper shell); and the seed in full growth (the Fruit Workshop, with an inflated appearance). This metaphoric path could also be construed as operating in the opposite direction. If one focuses on the fruit rather than the seed, this path takes the visitor from the fruit in formation (Workshop) to the overripe and bursting fruit (Place), by way of the ripening fruit on the tree (Greenhouse). Digital tools were used to facilitate the design of both the pure and complex forms: starting with simple and symmetrical forms, which are reworked thanks to CAD (computer-assisted design). They are then deformed by “warping”, moving points of the same picture on a particular part of it, thereby giving the impression of stretching. Though each of these buildings is different, they all share the same type of skin, in glass and steel, transparent and veined. Thus, “artificially recreating nature, the architecture becomes a landscape where nature and technology are no longer antagonists but appear as reciprocal and synthetic entities.”

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Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Site plan, éch. 1:800 997 02 76
Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Fruit Plaza, Patterns created by Motorized Blinds 997 03 76
Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Determination of Tropical Greenhouse Geometry, éch. 1:100 et 1:200 997 04 76
Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Fruit Workshop, Structural drawings, éch. 1:120 et 1:400 997 05 76
Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Fruit Plaza, Structural drawings, éch. 1:180 et 1:100 997 06 76
Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Tropical Greenhouse, Structural drawings, éch. 1:150 et 1:100 997 07 76
Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Fruit Workshop, Elevations (Frame only), éch. 1:100 997 08 76
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Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Tropical Greenhouse, elevations, plans, section, éch. 1:200 997 10 76
Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Fruit Workshop, elevations, plans, section, éch. 1:200 997 11 76
Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Tropical Greenhouse, elevations, éch. 1:100 997 12 76
Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Tropical Greenhouse, detail section, éch. 1:50 997 13 76
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Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Site plan, éch. 1:2000 997 15 76
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Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Fruit Plaza, plans, elevation, section, éch. 1:400 997 18 76
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Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Fruit Workshop, elevations, éch. 1:400 997 20 76
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Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Tropical Greenhouse, éch. 1:400 997 22 76
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Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Fruit Workshop, plan, éch. 1:400 997 24 76
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Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Tropical Greenhouse, exhibition hall & Fruit Plaza,section, éch. 1:400 997 26 76
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Yamanashi Museum of Fruit 1992 Plan, éch. 1:400 997 28 76
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