Uozu Buried Forest Museum KININAL



Toyama, Japan




Museum, Cafe

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NOSIGNER (Eisuke Tachikawa) + Aki Hamada Architects (Aki Hamada, Musashi Makiyama)




Noriyuki Ikeda


This is an extension and renovation plan for the Uozu Buried Forest Museum in Uozu City, Toyama Prefecture. The museum opened as the Uozu City Museum in 1955, and was remodeled in 1992 to become the current museum. The major aim of the latest plan was an expansion of the admission-free area, in order to promote casual visits to the museum. The client’s requirements were: expansion of the administration building (where the entrance is located) for one span, accommodating a rest area and a café serving sweets; and the additions of a kid’s space for “wood” education, a nursing room, and an ocean view deck in the Theme Building where the exhibition space is located.


Based on our plan at the time of proposal, a wood deck was added facing a pond. This creates a continuity from the inside to the outside through glass walls, resulting in a more open rest area at the entrance. Wooden panel boards produced in Toyama Prefecture were used for the waist-high walls, and column beams of the existing rigid frame and walls were painted a light gray, creating a bright and neutral relationship that enhances the wooden material. The overall museum exhibits have a rather dark atmosphere, since the exhibited buried forest cannot be exposed to bright light to prevent algae growth. By brightening up the entrance, and adding a soft atmosphere for supporting the content (i.e., sweets) with high-potency, we aimed to renew the museum into a place that attracts people of all ages, particularly younger people, from inside and outside of Uozu City and Toyama Prefecture.