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Japanese Immigration Memorial / Cultural building

Japanese Immigration Memorial
Japanese Immigration Memorial

Discipline: Architecture

Discipline: Architecture

The open-air museum celebrates the friendship between Japan and the state of Minas Gerais and what this relationship was able to construct concrete and immaterial.
The design is a bridge over a lake.
The bridge metaphorically connects territories, times, ideas and ideals.
Celebrating Japan and Minas, there were also arranged on each side, curved walls allusive to the two flags: the red circle and triangle.
It is a happy analogy that speaks of the synthesis and conciseness common to both peoples.


  • DEVELOPMENT TIME 13 - 24 months

  • TARGET REGIONS South America, Specific country/region: Brasil/Minas Gerais/Belo Horizonte

  • TARGET GROUPS Consumer / User

Client / Manufacturer

Associação Mineira de Cultura

Associação Mineira de Cultura
Nipo-Brasileira (AMCNB)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil


Gustavo Penna

Gustavo Penna
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Architecture: Gustavo Penna, Mariza Machado Coelho Design: Paulo Pederneiras

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