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Museum of Fruit

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Kofu, Japan.

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Yamanashi Prefecture produces one of the best fruit yields in Japan. The Museum of Fruit is a group of three buildings near Mount Fuji that resemble large globular greenhouses, which Hasegawa used to symbolise spiritual sensuality, intelligence and lust (which, she felt, was what fruit means to us), as well as global ecological issues involving our physical environment. Her object was to create architecture as a ‘poetic machine that expresses this spiritual, social and environmental context’. The Fruit Plaza represents the final grown up image of seeds; large trees, themselves a beginning of a new cycle.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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