The Miho Museum is a joint Japanese and American project completed by the architect, Dr. I. M. Pei and Kibowkan International, Inc. in August of 1996 on a scenic mountainside in a nature preserve near the center of the town of Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture, Japan.
The museum's details reflect the architect's innovative endeavors to break new ground, as with the novel appearance of sloped glass roofs composed of space frames, the warmth of the materials used, especially Magny Doré limestone from France and colored architectural concrete, and the system and the equipment for exhibiting works of art under the optimum conditions.
|Architectural design:||I. M. Pei-Architect
Kibowkan International, Inc.
|Structure:||Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Aoki Structural Engineers
K. Nakata & Associates
Whole Force Studio
|Equipment:||P. T. Morimura & Associates, Ltd.|
|General Contractor:||Shimizu Corporation|
|Air Conditioning:||Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd.|
|Sanitary fixtures:||Suga Co., Ltd.|
|Electrical fixtures:||Kandenko Co., Ltd.|
|Applicable district designations:||Reserve Forest Area under Forest Law / Designated District under Sediment Control Law / Third-Class Special Zone of Prefectural Park under National Parks Law|
|Site area:||1,002,000 m2 (10.8 million sq. feet, 247 acres)|
|Building area:||9,241 m2 (99,469 sq. feet)|