Shigeru Ban has won a competition to design the new Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture. Conceived as an inverted pyramid, the $23.5 million building evokes the image of Japan’s most iconic landmark in its reflection in a large water basin. The competition for the 46,000 square foot building was commissioned after Mount Fuji was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site last year.
Acclaimed Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is well known for his innovative and environmentally conscious designs. His winning proposal was selected by the jury from 238 entries submitted by architects from all over Japan. The World Heritage Center will be located in Fujinomiya city, approximately 20 miles southwest of Mount Fuji.
Described as a “source of artistic inspiration” and with “outstanding universal value” by UNESCO, Mount Fuji is a symbol of pride and cultural significance in Japan. The World Heritage Center aims to display these cultural values and preserve the site for future generations. The building is slated for completion in 2016.