With the unique style of exposed cast-in-place concrete and the creative use of natural light, Tadao Ando has become one of the most famous architects in Japan. Many of his works can be found in Hyogo, especially on Awaji Island. With over seventy acres of land, the whole of Awaji Yumebutai and its buildings were designed by Tadao Ando, making it one of his biggest and most impressive works.
With over seventy acres of land, the area includes large conference halls, a resort hotel, an outside theatre, a botanical garden, and other facilities. Originally, land from this area was taken to build Kansai International Airport, but Ando wanted to rebuild the environment that was damaged, so he built the entire structure based on that concept. Compared to his other works, he built it so that the harmony between concrete and nature would be revived. Inside the park, there are stairway-shaped gardens called Hyakudan-en, and other uniquely shaped gardens that are all connected by walkways so visitors can take a stroll and enjoy the scenery.
Link to more information on Awaji Yume Butai (Awaji Island Project)
Shingon Sect Honpukuji Temple Mizumi-do
This temple was built in the late Heian Era, but Mizumi-do, the main hall of the temple, is located under the circular shaped concrete pond built by Ando. According to Ando, he built this temple with the concept that creativity overwhelms power.
TOTO Sea Wind Awaji
According to Ando, he wanted to build a house where there’s a space for people and nature to harmonize, located where the ocean is visible, but the mountains can be seen from the guest room. The building was originally a research facility, so guests can stay in Ando-designed hotel for a reasonable price.
Located on a hill overlooking the Akashi Strait and Osaka Bay, the field is teeming with beautiful seasonal flowers. It was named Hana-sajiki because sajiki is a special type of seat for watching fireworks and other events. This place is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the view of the carpet of beautiful flowers.
Flowers can be viewed throughout the year. The most recommended seasons are…
April: Colza (Yellow) and Orychophragmus violaceus (Purple)
July: Blue salvia (Blue) and Sunflower (Yellow)
October: Cosmos (Red, Pink, White)
Link to more information on Awaji Flower Gallery