Benesse House


Benesse House is a facility incorporating a museum and a hotel, based on the concept of a coexistence among nature, architecture, and art. The complex, entirely designed by Tadao Ando, is made up of four buildings, centered on the Museum, which opened in 1992, with additional lodging facilities in the buildings known as Oval (opened in 1995), Park, and Beach (both of which opened in 2006).

The Museum, which performs the complex’s principal function of displaying art, has an imposing structure open to the outside world, and visitors can sense the presence of Nature even inside the building. In addition to the works in its collection, the Museum also contains permanent site-specific installations that artists have created especially for this building, locating the installations on their own and designing the works for those spaces. In fact, the Museum’s artworks are found not only within its galleries, but in all parts of the building, as well as in scattered locations along the seashore that rims the complex and in the nearby forest. One of the pleasures of visiting Benesse House is unexpectedly encountering works of art, not only within the walls of the Museum but also while strolling around the grounds, enjoying the abundant natural beauty of the Inland Sea region.

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