Yumebutai (Awajishima, Awaji Island Project)
complex of Awaji Yumebutai was constructed on the remains of a hillside
whose earth had been used for a huge landfill project for the Osaka Bay
area.Through its construction this
intricate complex of interior and exterior spaces not only serves in
reconstructing the landscape that had been destroyed but also, through the
idea of rebirth and reconstruction, serves as a memorial to the thousands
who had lost their lives and the destruction of land in the massive
earthquake that shook the Kobe region in 1995.
is a series of intersecting geometric parts that make up a whole.It consists of a hotel, chapel, international conference center,
restaurants, terracing flower gardens, water gardens, plazas that are
animated through light and shadow and sounds of running water, a green
house, and outdoor theater.It is a
manmade construction that integrates itself into and becomes part of the
landscape as it overlooks Osaka bay and descends from hillside to sea.
interweaving spatial experience is constructed through a spatial sequence
of interior and exterior, light and shadow, running water and still water
and a framing of views to the sky, water and vegetation.The physical materials of these spaces, silky smooth concrete,
rough stone, sea shells, translucent and transparent glass, water and
vegetation are punctuated by more temporal materials; light sound and
The best way
to access the complex is through the hotel.From this route one can also see Tadao Ando’s drawings and
sketches of the project.Following
the exhibition space one traverses underneath a curtain of running water
to the gardens.Also accessed from
the hotel is the chapel.Located
below ground the chapel is illuminated from a cruciform shaped void in the
ceiling.On the exterior the chapel
can only be seen by its bell tower and cruciform glazing which seems to be
floating in a pool of water.
Awaji Island not far from Awaji Yumebutai is the Water
Temple also by Tadao Ando.
How to visit
train (from Osaka) take JR line to Maiko Station (45 min.).At Maiko Station follow signs leading to Ko-soku Maiko bus terminal
which is located outside of and above the train station on the bridge
leading to Awaji Island.Take
the bus to Higashiura inter-change bus terminal.From here take the local bus to Awaji Yumebutai-Westin Hotel bus
is a shuttle bus that transports people around the island to various
destinations.Awaji Yumebutai and
The Water Temple are two stops on this route.See www.shozen.com
for more information on this bus or telephone +81 799 62 5222.
gardens are open 10am-6pm. For more information please telephone +81 799
Hotel Resort and Conference Center, telephone +81 799 74 1111.