• The bridge of hoped for returns 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      The lobby aperature gives a appropriate view of the suspension bridge for a return from the museum. (The exhibition of artworks is as lavish as the few portions of the museum where photography is allowed).
    • Bridge to the Miho Museum 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      The bridge is reached through a tunnel from the car/bus park and is suspended by graceful cables supported by an arch. A beautifully artistic version of a suspension bridge.
    • Bridge to the Miho Museum 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      I.M. Pei, architect. Commissioned to do the Miho museum by the Koyama family, the founder of the Shinji Shumeikai religious order, they wished the museum to be built on her mountainous site that required a tunnel and foot ...
    • Miho Museum approach and façade 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      An imposing flight of steps offers a majestic approach to the abstraction of Pei's museum. The Miho Museum was commissioned by the Japanese religious order, Shinji Shumeikai. It was conceived to be a "symbol of heaven on ...
    • Museum lobby with view 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      Inside the lobby of the museum a tree, chosen for its shape, was planted for an artistic foreground to the mountain range in the distance. This is an example of shakkei, which incorporates distant vistas into the immediate ...
    • Second level with skylights 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      Built in a national park, the desire was to disturb the natural setting as little as possible with the result that 80% of the museums exhibition space is underground with much natural light being accessed through skylights. ...
    • Stairway to exhibits 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      No expense has been spared for this museum, as is obvious from the lavish use of marble on its interior.
    • Tree 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      A portion of mountain atop the museum.
    • Tree and mountains 

      Bruggink, Donald J.