Hyogo Prefectural Museum of
Art 1-1-1, Wakihamakaigandori
Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Tadao Ando 2001
Located on the Kobe waterfront
between the Rokko Mountain Range to the north and the Seto Inland Sea and
Port of Kobe to the south, the museum was planned integrally with the Kobe
Waterfront Plaza as part of the reconstruction scheme after the Kobe
Earthquake in 1995 that destroyed much of the city and took many lives.
The Museum is composed of three
rectangular volumes that sit parallel to each other on a base platform of
white granite, which steps up through a series of grand stairs, ramps and
plazas from the Waterfront Plaza. The
rectangular volumes are oriented longitudinally along a north-south axis
and are separated by exterior plazas that allow for framed views towards
the mountains and Kobe cityscape and in the opposite direction towards the
On the waterfront side the
rectangular volumes are more open with the flat concrete slab overhanging
roofs forming a protective enclosure to an outdoor space and its
transparent curtain wall facades. In contrast the 'backside', oriented
towards the city and vehicular traffic, is less welcoming clad in a skin
of dark metal.
Each of the volumes encloses
another volume of concrete containing the temporary and permanent
exhibition galleries, auditorium, and studio spaces. Between the two
volumes are the circulation and rest areas which are animated by light and
The form of the building is very
similar to that of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
which Ando was
designing at the same time in Fort Worth, Texas. It was the museum in Kobe
that served Ando as a prototype for the one in Fort Worth.
How to visit
From Iwaya Station on the
Hanshin Line walk southward for about 8 minutes.
From Nada Station on the JR Line
walk southward from the south exit of the station for about 10 minutes.
From Oji Koen Station on the
Hankyu Line walk southwestward from the west exit of the station for about
The museum is open 10am-6pm
Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday; and 10am-8pm Friday and Saturday.