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Japan's New Science Museum is a Series of Glassy Anthills


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Japan's new science museum in Ishikawa, Science Hills Komatsu, looks like a cross between a glossy highway overpass and a mini-golf course. Designed by UAo Architects, the undulating four-story complex, which has a 3D dome theater and an experiential science learning center, was built on the former factory site of a mining company. The brief called for a merging of architecture and landscape, so they went the literal Hobbit-esque route: the entire "roof" of the new museum is a rolling garden (an ever-popular choice). In all, it's distinctive while being on the same vertical plane as the nearby low-rise buildings. Also, how perfect is its name? Science Hills.

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