I knew nothing about the Sayamaike Museum, except that Tadao Ando designed it and that it is located in sub-urban Osaka. After a relatively easy trip from Kyoto with a few train changes, I found that the site far exceeded my expectations. Ando combines light and water with poured-in-place concrete, wood and glass to create a poetic and playful public space that delights and surprises at every turn.
Sayamaike is Japan’s oldest irrigation reservoir, dating back to about 600AD. The museum has very cleverly sliced a cross-section of the 1400-year old bank into a pyramid-shaped wall.
The entrance consists of several parallel waterfalls and parallel walkways running about 250ft in length.
The sound of the water faling is loud, clear and full of life.
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