To whom it may concern,
Construction is scheduled to be completed around June 2026 as a complex facility including apartment buildings and exhibition halls in the Kyukyoryuchi area of Kobe.
【Features of this release】
・The project is a revitalization of the former site of the Nihon Shinju Kaikan (Japan Pearl Center), the hub of Japan’s pearl industry. The project will inherit the history of Kobe as one of the world’s leading pearl industry clusters.
・The former building will be reopened as a pearl bidding/auction site, the Kobe Pearl Museum, and other facilities.
● About the Former Building
In 1952, Hyogo Prefecture and others constructed this building as a base for inspection and trade in Kobe as the center of the pearl industry. The building was designed by an architect Yoshimitsu Mitsuyasu and was regarded as a modernist building symbolic of Kobe. The building and facilities had deteriorated over time, and in 2014 it was decided to reconstruct the building. After discussions on the maintenance policy, etc., the decision was made to start this revitalization project.
Name: Nihon Shinju Kaikan Revitalization Project
Location: 122-1, 122-2, Ito-machi, Higashi-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Site area: 743.79 ㎡
Number of floors: 13 above ground, 1 basement level
Structure: Reinforced concrete
Total floor space: approx. 5,802 m²
Building use: Apartment building, exhibition space, office
●Project Progress and Future Schedule (tentative)
March 2023 Nihon Shinju Kaikan and Kobe Pearl Museum close
October 2023 Conclusion of fixed-term land lease agreement
November 2023 Start of demolition work
End of June 2024 Start of construction of new building (planned)
End of June 2026 Completion of new building (planned)
※1 From Kobe City website. https://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/a96559/kanko/fashion/kobepearl.html
※2 A museum operated by the Japan Pearl Exporters’ Association that exhibits models and pearls displaying the origins and charms of pearls. The collections are currently on display at the library on the 3rd floor of the Kobe Fashion Museum. The name of the museum when it reopens has not yet been decided.