Monday, March 22, 2010

Awaji Yumebutai

The Awaji Yumebutai is a conference center, hotel and memorial located on Awaji Island. It was designed by architect Tadao Ando and utilizes an intricate complex of interior and exterior spaces, light and shadow and running and still water. Constructed of smooth concrete, rough stone, sea shells and translucent glass this massive structure has given new life to the mountain hillside destroyed for use as landfill in Ōsaka bay. The architect carried the idea of rebirth and reconstruction so the Yumebutai may also serve as a memorial of the Hanshin earthquake.

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