Maishima Sludge Center, Osaka

Those who have the experience which visited Osaka Bay have seen the conspicuous blue pinnacle. It has a fairy tale atmosphere like the castle which appears in a nursery tale, and is likely to mistake it for the facilities of the amusement park, but in fact, it is the chimney of the Maishima sludge center.

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The similar white spire rising a little apart is a chimney of the incinerators of Osaka-shi. Both the Maishima sludge center and the incinerator of Osaka are designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser who is a building architect of Austria. It is also a relation that the waste heat steam which occurred in the case of garbage destruction by fire utilizes for processing of sludge-dehydration.

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It is said that the blue chimney of the Maishima sludge center is expressing the sea and the sky of Osaka Bay, the brightness of the golden cupola seems to express a dream and hope to the future, and the red stripe design of the outer wall express flame processing grime. A balcony and the roof are planted and express “Harmony of technology, ecology, and art”.

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It is wide opened to the entrance hall as well as outer parts, such as a promenade, a little stream, and a bench. When you enter the entrance hall, you may fall into strange feeling. This is because the surface of a wall and a floor consist of curves. Mr. Hundertwasser assumes “Recurrence to nature, Coexistence with nature” an idea and is known to be the style that used many curves.

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The Maishima sludge center has a notable point as well as the appearance. It not only merely detoxicates the sludge produced from a sewer, but also it processes by energy saving and to reuse is challenged.

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Information

Name:Maishima Sludge Center
Address:Hokukoshiratsu 2-2-7 Osaka Konohana-ku, Osaka 554-0041 Japan
Access:JR Sakurajima-sen Line “Sakurajima-eki Station” (10 minutes by car)
Tel:(+81) 6-6460-2830
Price:Free

*Reservation is required for tour of a facility.
Official site:http://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/


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