The Executive Committee of Living Architecture Museum Osaka advocates a new way to appreciate architecture through its unique values not as traditional ‘cultural property’. Living Architecture aims to showcase the variety of buildings, both classic and modern, that reflect Osaka’s urban history, culture and everyday life. These buildings tell us the story of a vibrant city.
The Living Architecture Museum Festival Osaka
The Living Architecture Museum Festival Osaka is commonly known as IKE FEST OSAKA and it is the largest annual architectural festival in Japan. This festival takes place on one weekend every autumn.
Living Architecture, or IKITA KENCHIKU in Japanese, showcases a wide range of both historic and modern architectural styles. Visitors can experience the full spectrum of Osaka’s outstanding architecture, from famous works of renowned architects to traditional backstreet bars, restaurants and offices that are still in everyday use.
Every autumn for just two days, over 100 buildings open their doors to the public and around 30,000 visitors participate annually. Many of them are usually not open for public viewing. IKE FEST OSAKA offers you a wonderful opportunity to enjoy guided tours inside those buildings led by building owners or architectural experts and entry is for free. In addition, IKE FEST OSAKA also provides talks, workshops and exhibitions. We sincerely hope you will enjoy IKE FEST OSAKA and discover all the charm of Osaka by exploring its living architecture.
The Executive Committee of Living Architecture Museum Osaka
Having been hosted by the Osaka City Government since 2013, The Living Architecture Museum Project sees the city of Osaka itself as an architectural museum and aims to promote the attractive environment of the city through its buildings. As the main public event of this project since 2014, IKE FEST OSAKA has established itself as the largest architectural festival in Japan. This festival is an extraordinary opportunity for people to experience the dynamic city of Osaka by exploring its Living Architecture.
In order to further develop this project, the Executive Committee of Living Architecture Museum Osaka was founded on 20th July 2016. It consists of private companies, architectural experts, Osaka city officials and others. Today, this committee organizes the festival and conducts various activities to promote the creation of a new urban attraction in Osaka through its Living Architecture.