Awaji Yumebutai, which opened its doors in March 2000, is a wonderful spot in Awaji Island, Hyogo. Its design allows you to experience a new connection with various natural elements. When visiting this destination, you will get the chance to discover more about Awaji’s modern architecture entwined with traditional beauty, offering a reflection on modern life itself. Built in the wake of the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake, the construction of Yumebutai approached recovery of the natural landscape. This architectural piece now stands as a construction which communicates with its surrounding environment. Easily accessible from Osaka, if you are looking for a place to reflect, Yumebutai is the right place for you.

Awaji Yumebutai reflects the World of Takao Ando which impresses and communicates fluently with visitors; not because of its beauty, but because of its vitality. The complex is a conference center, hotel and memorial with greenhouse and outdoor theater. It features terracing flower gardens, water gardens as well as plazas animated through light and shadow with sounds of running water.

The architectural qualities do not reveal themselves at first glance, though – you have to know where to look and get lost in all the surroundings.

As expressed by Takao Ando:

You cannot put something new into a place , you have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use the knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see.

Architecture is a bridge for visitors to establish new social connections and allow self-reflection to address the strain modern life can put on both human and ecological health. New research is revealing that green buildings have been found to have a positive effect on our health.

At Yumebutai, the panoramic view releases your mind, while in the central inner courtyard the movement of the sun creates a fascinating play of light and shadow and a mixture with all the various natural elements.

The Yumebutai Step Gardens also offer a gorgeous experience in the Spring. The complex as a whole is a marvellous example of sustainability which celebrates low-impact architecture with high-minded design. It can be seen not as a building complex but as a part of Awaji’s natural landscape.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this wonderful place.


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