Sayamaike Historical Museum is located on the edge of Sayamaike Pond, a
Osakasayama, Japan, dating
back to the seventh century which was converted into a flood control dam.The museum was built to house the relics of the site that were
discovered during reconstruction and to inform the visitor of ancient
Japanese water engineering.
museum is a large rectangular box and a smaller rectangular box flanked by
a water plaza.The two rectangular
forms are connected by a circular form that serves as part of the rich
spatial sequence into the interior of the museum.
as not to disturb the landscape the walls above ground are made of rough
cut granite stone.Following
a path along the waters of Sayamaike visitors pass a wall of rough granite
blocks to arrive at a concrete plaza.From here the visitor descends down a staircase, below the calm
tranquil pools of water on the upper level that reflect the rectangular
volumes, into a water plaza with cascading water falls on both sides.
space is animated by the sound of water falling as one passes through the
recessed walkway behind a curtain of water.This corridor is further animated not only by the sound of water
but by light as it hits the water.
the end of this corridor one enters a cylindrical volume that silences the
sound of the water and leads the visitor into the interior of the museum.
building's main volume, a triple height exhibition hall, was determined by
the dimensions of the museumís main archaeological relic; a 15.4 meter
tall by 62 meter long wall that was excavated through the old dam.A ramp winds its way around the excavated wall to other parts of
the museum exhibitions. Openings on the upper level also allow views of
the excavated relic.
How to visit
Osaka take the Nankai Koya Line to Osakasayamashi Station.The museum is a ten-minute walk to the west from the station.
museum of open from 10am-5pm Tuesday