“The world of Tadao Ando” Living with Nature without Time and Space Barriers. The “Awaji Yumebutai” project was scheduled to complete in to coincide. Tadao Ando Architect & Associates. The mixed-use complex of Awaji Yumebutai was constructed on the remains of a hillside whose earth had. Awaji Yumebutai (Awajishima, Awaji Island Project) 2 Yumebutai Kusumoto-tarui, Higashiura-cho. Tsuna-gun, Hyogo Japan. Tadao Ando,

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And then there are spaces that one wouldn’t really know what to call. Strictly speaking, it’s an International Conference Center and a resort All the photos in this article are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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The 100 Stepped Garden of Awaji Yumebutai

Whatever it is, this is a space that can’t be experienced via the Wikipedia, or the many sites like this one describing taddao it really is about. The Awaji-Yumebutai complex is a completely different structure from those we are used ymebutai. It’s also different in Japan. It’s unique in its conception. Who would go and build a whole concrete “conglomerate” by the sea? Who would think of building a garden that’s more concrete than garden?

You’d never imagine that all of this concrete brought together distills peace and harmony at its purest.

While Awaji island is close to Kobe, a 45 minute ride away by bus, this is an out of the way Conference Center. You won’t happen by the Awaji-Yumebutai complex while strolling down any given street.

You must go there. This, I think, increases the magic of the place because, while it’s not deserted, it’s really peaceful and tranquil. We arrived with just another handful of visitors, and that “aloneness” multiplied the sensorial experience tumebutai the nth degree. Awaji is an island south of Kobe, about 45 minutes away by bus.

It’s connected to the mainland by the spectacular Akashi Kaikyo suspension bridgewith the longest suspended central span in the world. Overall, it covers a distance of 3,9 kilometers, 2,43 miles. The bridge’s name derives from the huge Akashi strait it crosses over.

The Awaji-Yumebutai concept is very well described at Galinski.

Strictly speaking, this is an International Conference Centercombined with a holiday resort. But that’s not why we visited, we didn’t have any “business” in Japan, nor any wish to stay in a resort either.

The reason why we took a day to visit Awaji-Yumebutai was because my better half is an architecture junkie, and wouldn’t let the chance pass to see this unique architectural achievement.

It helped, as well, that this is a project by Tadao Andoone of her favorite architects, known by his peculiar and distinct use of concrete. Besides the Conference Center and the Westin hotel, the complex hosts shops, restaurants, a huge greenhouse and a wonderful botanic garden, the Water Temple, an open air theater, pathways to stroll around and catch the sea views, and the “concrete gardens” which are, in my opinion, the jewel of that spectacular crown.

The project was designed and planned for execution from to However, soon after construction started, the big Kobe earthquake of January 17th hit the region at a force of 7. The epicenter was actually 20 kilometers below Awaji Island. The whole region was devastated, leaving abouthomeless and over 6, dead. Kobe city itself suffered the most, its injuries changing its face forever.


This natural disaster was a trigger to redesign and restructure the whole Awaji Yumebutai project as a memorial to the victims of the quake. As a matter of fact, the concrete gardens in the complex are said to host one flower for each victim of the quake. Perhaps that’s just a tall story, a poetical license, but I assure you that the story works its way to your heart, especially when you are in the gardens.

Architecturally, it’s a complex and intricate design which combines vast open spaces with complex geometric shapes, rounded concrete walls, huge glass windows, waterfalls and ponds, all interwoven to create light and shadow effects and composing a very special spatial experience. Concrete is king in Yumebutai. It’s somewhat hard to understand how such an inelegant material for lack of a better word can be used in so different a way, curving its surfaces and combining them with greenery, glass, and water to become an exceedingly graceful, pleasing to the eye and the mind space.

This is one of Tadao Ando’s fortes, he’s very skillful in his handling of concrete, as I mentioned. Obviously, that’s my personal perspective, and other visitors may find other traits more appealing. For me, without the shadow of a doubt, the layered concrete gardens beat everything else in Yumebutai. Both from below the gardens and from the top, my eyes seemed to play tricks on me. The design is so that it reminded me of that famous infinite staircase optical effect. This is one of the reasons why it’s difficult to “explain” Yumebutai and its concrete garden.

You can’t really wrap your mind around it until you are there, and even when you are, it’s such a strange and special composition that it takes more than what I have to explain it. There are terraceseach planted with four parcels of plants from all corners of the world.

Most of the plants and flowers clearly indicated it was yet too early in the season for any true show of nature. However, we did see some of the parcels in full bloom, which made us imagine what this garden would look like when all or most of the parcels bloomed.

I couldn’t see enough of that peculiar garden. My calves definitely felt the experience the next day, I don’t think I’ve gone up and down so many stairs in years, if ever!

It helped a lot that Awaji-Yumebutai is somewhat out of the way, and that we were almost by ourselves during our visit. It did help to be able to view the vastness and intricacy of the design uninterrupted by other visitors.

It definitely helped to feel as one with the space. Sign in or sign yumebuutai and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. I don’t know that I’ll ever pop in for a conference in Awaji, but it’s certainly close enough to Kobe and it’s fabulous Kobe beef not to rule it out completely: You’re right, I can only imagine what anddo terraces must look like in late spring and early summer!

As it were, however, we could appreciate the structure better. I fancy a guess that I wouldn’t have looked at the architecture as much had there been a full bloom?

Tadao Ando – Awaji Yumebutai

At any rate, that’s the way I’m choosing to look at it after the fact I typed a comment, then didn’t hit “Post Comment’ before Tadoa clicked out. Anyway, here’s the comment:. Just looking at all those steps makes my calves ache! But I agree, it’s hard to believe tons of concrete could be used to create a “peaceful” space! Really a shame, though, you were there too early to see all the flower beds in bloom, which I imagine is a spectacular and breath-taking sight!


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To provide a better website experience, hubpages. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so. For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: Arriving in Awaji via the Akashi Bridge Awaji is an island south of Kobe, about 45 minutes away by bus.

Yumebuhai this bridge and enjoying the views is part of the Yumebutai experience. Awaji Yumebutai Strictly speaking, this yumebutal an International Conference Centercombined with a holiday resort. The Big Kobe Earthquake of 95′ The project was designed and planned for execution from to Yumebutai, The Concept Construction reused the side of a hill that had been entirely devastated.

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Symbolically, it represents rebirth through reconstruction of the devastated landscape. The Jewel of The Crown.

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D I awajk know that I’ll ever pop in for a conference in Awaji, but it’s certainly close enough to Kobe and it’s fabulous Kobe beef not to rule it out completely: Well, it’s a very relaxing tadap centre. Next time you go, count the steps. Gotta love those blond moments for their giggling factor: Anyway, here’s the comment: Voted up, awesome and beautiful! Books, Literature, and Writing.