It took three years to complete this particularly complex and delicate construction project. One problem was choosing a type of glass that would shelter the building from the heat while at the same time meeting Osaka's strict earthquake standards.
Paul Andreu's goal was to create a floating dome set apart from the rest of the city that would shine in the dark of night. And that is exactly what he has created: the structure is dark by day, but creates a dematerialised image of itself at night.
Laura Della Badia