Japanese Version

Sayamaike Museum–Yet, another architectural gem by Tadao Ando

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.

Author: stevebeimel

Share This Post On