Saturday, July 10, 2010

Marine Hall

Marine Hall is one of two wedding chapels located at the Meriken Park Oriental Hotel in Kōbe, the other is located on the astroturf clad roof of the hotel itself. Marine Hall rests alongside the base of the hotel near the water and rather than offering the more common architectural style of Japanese wedding chapels, which are often clad in over-the-top western kitsch suitable only on the sets of Fred Astaire films, the design is based on the form of a seashell. Built in 1995 and designed by the Takenaka Company, it opened just six months after the Hanshin Awaji earthquake. Nearby is the Kobe Maritime Museum and the Kobe Port Tower, which create a nice cluster of interesting architecture.

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