Muneyoshi, Japan
This visitor centre is located in a rural district of Western Japan, on an archaeological site that has revealed ceramic artefacts from the Edo and Meiji periods. The building functions as a museum for the display of artefacts from the adjacent archaeological site, as well as an educational facility for both school and public groups with an interest in the archaeological background and past ways of life of the area. Three main spaces accommodate a reception, exhibition hall and auditorium. The structure is made up of cast concrete elements that form a sleeve around the spaces. This is extended at the rear with a lightweight zinc skin, in contrast to the concrete. Detail is added within the concrete wall with a precise pattern of steel sleeved, angled holes that allow light to permeate through the heavy shell.