Glass Bridge / Hideki Yoshimatu + archipro architects

© Hiroshi Date

Architects: Hideki Yoshimatu + archipro architects
Location: Mirasaka, Miyoshi, Hiroshima,
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Hiroshi Fuji, , ABBKBB, Hiroshi Date

Glass Bridge as Haizuka Earthworks Projects

This project is located at Haizuka dam construction area and as one of Haizuka Earthworks Projects*. We are commissioned from Mirasaka town, Hiroshima prefecture, Japan to design guardrail and pavement for the newly large bridge over the dam lake in collaboration with local people.

Site Plan

As a result, we put over 190 sheets of glass panel(300×1800mm) to the outside of guardrail. Furthermore, collaborating with Japanese artist, Hiroshi Fuji, we design the glass panel as an Encyclopedia of living things in haizuka dam area. Therefore, “Glass bridge” is a project as landscape design, as a small museum, as a communication art, and as an architecture.

© Hiroshi Fuji

*Haizuka Earthworks Projects:

Haizuka Earthworks Projects is an environmental art activity launched in 1994 as part of the program for reconstructing the Haizuka dam area in the northwestern part of Hiroshima, Japan. Through the executive committee, composed of experts as well as representatives of the region and Ministry of Construction, Earthworks Projects continued to propose and carry out diverse educational and cultural activities.

© Hiroshi Date

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Cite: "Glass Bridge / Hideki Yoshimatu + archipro architects" 06 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Mise Enscene

    I think that this is extremely dangerous for birds, and should not have been permitted to be built without regard for their safety. If there has been any consideration of this problem, I would like to see it in the literature about the installation.