Once, when I was in Architecture School, the girl in charge of the print lab covered the walls of the lobby with all the paper we threw out. I guess her idea was to make us realize how much we wasted, but everyone just thought it looked really cool. What’s the point, you ask? In Hiroshima, Japan, architect Yoshio Taniguchi, currently celebrated for the impending opening of MoMA, has recently finished another museum. “My museum of Garbage,” he calls it. The project is actually a $400 million garbage incinerator/science museum, initially proposed by Hirshima’s mayor, who believed that if people could see how much garbage they produced, they would produce less.
“Taniguchi conceives buildings as urban planning interventions. At MoMA, with its famous sculpture garden, his conceit is that the museum is a microcosm of Manhattan: a group of buildings surrounding a park. In Hiroshima, the incinerator, though massive (490,000 square feet), is, improbably, a pathway to the water.
Its site, at the end of one of Hiroshima’s main boulevards, overlooks the city’s harbor. But the building would have entirely blocked residents’ access to the water. So Taniguchi decided to continue the boulevard, in the form of a raised, glass-enclosed walkway. Beginning where the pavement ends, the 400-foot walkway slips through the building, ending in a new waterfront park On either side of the walkway are vast, stainless steel machines, like five-story-high Cuisinarts.
…long hallways, with windows [overlook] a trash pit so deep that discarded futons near the bottom look like pieces of confetti.”
This really must be an amazine building to experience in person. Taniguchi’s Incinerator Plant is an undeniably elegant solution, but will it encourage garbage-rich Hiroshima to prodcue less trash, or will people just think it looks really cool?
oh, and uh…sorry for the lame headline.