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Makino Museum of Plants and People

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Project Outline

The purpose of this building was not only to house and research the vast collection of plant specimens and publications by Dr. Tomitaro Makino, the “Father of Japanese Botany”, but also to exhibit some of them to the public. The site is adjacent to the Makino Botanical Garden on Mount Godai in the outskirts of Kochi City, and stands on gently sloping land running along a ridge near the top of the mountain. The site divided into different areas, and the planned area for the building was quite large. Firstly, therefore, we studied how the facility could be positioned without making it too conspicuous. In the end, we divided it into two buildings (one mainly for archive storage, administration and research, the other mainly for public display), linked together by a passageway of just over 170m in length.

Basic Information

[CASBEE rank] A  (4 stars)
[CASBEE tool used] CASBEE for New Construction (2004 edition)
[Location] Mount Godai, Kochi City
[Completion date]

March, 1999

[Site area] 44,596.30 m2
[Total floor area] 7,362.26 m2
[Structure] RC / S+laminated wood (roof frames)
[Floors] 2 floors above ground
[Owner] Kochi Prefecture
[Designer] Naito Architects and Associates (design),
Structural Design Group/SDG (structure),
Akeno Engineering (equipment)
[Contractor] Takenaka Corporation / Kacho Kensetsu / Nakakatsu Kensetsu JV (construction)

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  • Civil Engineering Design Prize, Grand Prix (Japan Society of Civil Engineers, 2006)
  • 13th Togo Murano Award (Togo Murano Memorial Association, 2000)
  • 42th Mainichi Art Awards (The Mainichi Newspapers, 2000)
  • 42th BCS Award (Building Contractors Society, 2001)
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