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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur

This is part of a boxed set, Three Buildings by Kisho Kurokawa that I completed in 2003 for Edizioni Press in New York. My schooling in philosophy and my 15 years in Japan interviewing intellectually curious and eloquent creators like Kenya Hara and Tadanori Yokoo prepared me well for my interactions with Kisho Kurokawa and his philosophy of symbiosis in architecture. “By embedding the huge silver ellipsoid of the Exhibition Hall along a slope in a corner of the Nago Mountain Park, Kurokawa suggests a whole range of imagery. Beholding the structure one may see an egg nestled safely betwixt mountain and forest, a seed dropped by accident, or perhaps a spacecraft docking to discharge an unknown cargo. The paradoxical “wing” building, through whose center the entrance tunnel passes, has both a sod roof and a widely undulating glass wall, which opens up three stories of research and public space to streaming natural light. The southern orientation of the mostly buried exhibition spaces lets in additional daylight, as does Kurokawa's signature glass spire. Inside, it acts as a skylight to the deep subterranean stairwell; outside it is a shining landmark.”