kengo kuma builds octagon-shaped observatory in nihondaira with views of mt. fuji

kengo kuma builds octagon-shaped observatory in nihondaira with views of mt. fuji

kengo kuma and associates has designed an observation deck on the summit of the scenic nihondaira spot, shizuoka prefecture, an area famous for its prominent views of mt. fuji. built in the shape of an octagon, formed from the cardinal directions, the project incorporates an observatory, an observation corridor, an exhibition space, a café and a watchtower.

kengo kuma builds octagon-shaped observatory in nihondaira with views of mt. fujiall images © kawasumi・kobayashi kenji photograph office, unless stated otherwise


drawing from the octagonal shape of  yumedono ( the hall of visions) at the horyu-ji temple in nara, kuma has formed the observatory in a similar way, taking advantage of the its multi-directional façades. this particular geometry offers visitors a series of framed views of the mountain, as well as the experience of walking above ground on the observation corridor. the building is characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows, combined with local shizuoka cedar, that adds a sense of complexity, similar to dense branches.

kengo kuma builds octagon-shaped observatory in nihondaira with views of mt. fujiimage courtesy of nihondaira yume terrace

  image courtesy of nihondaira yume terrace



project info:


name: nihondaira yume terrace

architect: kengo kuma and associates

project team: nahoko terakawa, takashi taguchi, mizuho ozawa, fumiki sugawara (visualization), shiho yoo (sign), atsushi kawanishi*, mamiya tanaka* (*former staff)

location: shizuoka, japan

main use: observatory, observation corridor, exhibition, café, watchtower

  • It looks particularly nice without 5,000 other people elbowing for the ‘right spot’ for a selfie.


    Jimmy Xi says:

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