MIYAHATA JOMON MUSEUM
“The Jomon Period – around 100 B.C. – was a significant period in early Japanese history, where people lived as hunters and gathered in the northeast area of Japan, and there have been many significant findings and studies related to the Jomon people over the past 20 years.”
Furuichi and Associates architecture firm were asked to make a building, the Miyahata Jomon Museum, that faces and interpret the Jomon ruins in Miyahata, in the Fukushima Prefecture. The museum construction takes inspiration from the caves where the Jomon people used to live – even when they started living in villages they kept on creating circular-plan houses, that resembled the image of caves. The entrance hall of the museum is marked by a covered wooden roof that recalls these ancient cave-like spaces, the structure is made out of wood panels and wooden beams. In the interior, the massive roof structure, made out of timber, lays on concrete walls.
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