This week we’ll be showcasing a few artists who are currently showing at Rokko Meets Art, an outdoor arts festival that is running November 24th. The splendid outdoor museum is on Mt. Rokko, which boasts fantastic views, gorgeous autumn foliage and is easily accessible from Kobe or Osaka.
One of the main attractions is Rokko Shidare, a structure built 3 years ago by eco-conscious architect Hiroshi Sambuichi. Dubbed “the nature sensory observation deck,” the dome was built almost entirely from hinoki wood and operates on solar and wind power alone. The structure is comprised of numerous hexagons and was designed to attract frost in the winter. And in summer it’s designed to pull in the wind through an opening in the ceiling making it super cool and breezy.
When the sun sets “Lightscape in Rokko” kicks in, lighting up the entire structure with LED lights capable of expressing over 10 million different colors.