Japanese American National Museum

Landscape Architect: EDAW, INC

The Japanese American National Museum is the only museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience through images, documents and oral histories of Americans of Japanese ancestry. The Japanese American National Museum pavilion is designed to emphasize maximum flexibility and adaptability to allow the museum to grow in an incremental and harmonious fashion. The architecture is bold and contemporary, creating a dialogue between the new museum and the beautifully restored former Buddhist temple that shares the museum site. The entry features Rosso Nero Lithocrete® alternating with Ascona bands.

As design professionals, we look at each project as a unique opportunity to create something special. For the Japanese American National Museum, we wanted the landscape design to be a seamless extension of the building design. Our approach was based on minimal, but finely articulated forms that required a high level of craftsmanship. The people at Shaw & Sons have provided that level of craftsmanship and professional expertise necessary to effectively realize our design intent. Their collaborative, service-oriented approach made them an invaluable member of our team. We believe that their passion for quality, ingenuity, and understanding of good design sets them apart when it comes to making concrete paving an effective medium expressing original ideas.

– Ann Cutner, Senior Associate/Landscape Architect