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The Miho museum is a museum located in Shigaraki, on the prefecture of Shiga, Japan (a prefecture is the equivalent to a spanish autonomous community ). It’s an architectural work made in 1996, designed by I.M Pei in collaboration with Kibowkan International, a japanese studio. This museum owes its name to Mihoko Koyama, who founded the religious organization ‘Shinji Shumeikai’ as well as the Miho museum.

In fact, this museum housed a wide collection of pieces of Zionist and Buddhist art, instruments for the tea ceremony, calligraphies and other works that belonged to her personal collection. Nowadays, this collection sums over 2000 Oriental art pieces that, as Mihoko wanted, show its observers the peacefulness, beauty and joy of art.

Galery from the Mijo museum

Taking in account the main values that Mihoko wanted to show to the world, Pei designed an architectural complex that consisted in various pavilions, each one for a different part of Asia. These pavilions are connected by corridors that are decorated with a wide variety of typical Asian plants. To match the peacefulness given by the vegetation, Pei designed glass ceilings with polygonal shapes that give a very nice illumination to the rooms that makes them very diaphanous. We can see this type of ceiling on the louvre museum (as it’s famous pyramid was designed also by Pei).

Main plan of the Miho Museum

As we can see, these ceilings are also covered by wooden panels, giving the museum a traditional look that matches perfectly with the conceptual and modern one.