Australia House

Australia has been part of the ETAT since 2000 and has since then been building and deepening its relationship with the region over the years. An old minka house built over 100 years ago in the Urada village was transformed into the Australia House as a symbol of its long-term relationship with this region and for continuing cultural exchange between the two countries. When the original Australia House was demolished in the March 2011 earthquake, we ran an international architectural competition with Tadao Ando as the head judge and invited proposals to rebuild a “reasonable, small and robust” architectural building. The proposition by the Sydney-based architect Andrew Burns was selected amongst 154 entries and the current Australia House was built in time for the ETAT2012. Its distinctive triangular structure and the materials used for the walls which resonate with the surrounding nature, it won the Jørn Utzon award in 2013.


Australia House
AddressNiigataTokamachi7577-1 Urada
Access●40 minutes by car from Tokamachi sta.
FeeEntry fee: Adults 500yen; Students (junior high and below) 250yen
※ During the Art Triennale or other seasonal events please purchase the special passport book or multipass ticket.
Overnight stay: 25,000yen per person, includes breakfast and dinner
NotesThis institution has irregular business hours, mostly during the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale and during other seasonal programs.
【Overnight Stays】
Up to 6 people per group, limited to one night and one building.
ContactEchigo-Tsumari Art Field Information Center