Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center designed by Shigeru Ban is a cultural building that has many values to Japan, it was built in context with Mount Fuji receiving world cultural heritage status from UNESCO. The design was selected from 238 entries in the competition held to find the best solution for the project. The conical building resembles an upside down volcano – an iconic image to Japanese people.
In September 2018, photographer Trieu Chien visited the site and took images of the renown architect’s work. He said: “When looking up this building, I found out that it was built to bring an inspiring space about the importance of Mount Fuji, which was known for its symmetrical beauty and peacefulness. The 4,300m2 complex has an area that overlooks the surroundings. Visitors can go up a 193m high spiral ramp leading to the observatory and have a sense of climbing a real mountain.”
“Besides me, everyone who submitted competition proposals designed a roof resembling the Fuji mountain — but I thought it’s impossible to compete with the Fuji mountain in front. So I did it the other way around,” commented Shigeru Ban during an interview. “Inside, there is this kind of experience where you climb up the Fuji mountain. Along a slope, we have a very beautiful light projection of the mountain. While you’re climbing up, you can see the beautiful images of the different heights of the Fuji mountain when you climb it. At the end of the slope, on the top floor, there is a penthouse with a sort of ‘picture window’ that frames the real Fuji mountain.”