The Awaji Yumebutai (淡路夢舞台?) is a complex of conference center, hotel and memorial in Awaji, Hyōgo, built in the wake of the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake. It was designed by Tadao Ando, who had begun planning for the project (as a park) prior to the earthquake. The hotel is operated as the Westin Awaji Island Resort (ja).
Yumebutai (夢舞台?) literally means "Dream Stage", from yume (夢?, "dream") and butai (舞台?, "performance stage, setting"). Metaphorically "a place in which to dream", the name refers to the aim of restoring the ecology of the island, whose soil had been partly removed for land reclamation in Osaka.
One of the most distinctive features in the complex is the Hyakudanen (百段苑?, "hundred stepped gardens"), a group of 100 flower beds (small square gardens) on an incline, arranged in grids spread over several levels. The "hundred" refers to the number of mini-gardens and not the steps, as there are 1575 steps and 235 flights.
- Miracle Planet Museum of Plants, a nearby greenhouse
- "About Yumebutai". Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center. 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
- Martin Bermudez. "Geophysical and Seismic Analysis: Of Two Architectural Wonders". Geolabs-Hawaii Hillside Design Laboratory at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. Retrieved 2008-03-23.[dead link]
- Bos, Karel. "The 100 step garden (Hyakudan-en)".
- Jodidio, Philip (2001). Architecture d'aujourd'hui. Taschen. p. 18. ISBN 978-3-8228-6065-6.
- "[Article title unknown]". World Architecture (Grosvenor Press Int'l) (87–91): 79. 2000.
[...] meaning 'place of dreams' or 'place in which to dream' - is the name given by Tadao Ando to his latest, and largest, work.
- Ponti, Gio (2000). Domus. Casa ed. Domus. p. 27.
The dream here is about the ecological restoration of a part of the isle of Awaji [..]
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