To coincide with the triennial Okayama Art Summit 2019 which runs from September 27 to November 2, two new architect-designed boutique hotels have opened up in Okayama City. Both buildings were designed in collaboration between Japanese architects and foreign artists.
Tokyo-based Mount Fuji Architects Studio worked with New York-based conceptual artist Liam Gillick to design the Manabe Equation House 2019. The 3-story stacked design utilizes cross-laminated timber sourced locally. The facade is decorated with mathematical equations from meteorologist and climate pioneer Suki Manabe. Gillick directed Okayama’s first Summit in 2016.
Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk teamed up with Go Hasegawa and Associates to design the Jonathan Hasegawa building. The hotel is a contemporary reinterpretation of two older buildings that once stood on the site, and sits on the banks of the Asahi River.
Nightly rates range from 91,000 ~ 200,000 Yen (approx. US$840 ~ 1,855) to book a whole house.
There are plans to open more of these artist and architect collaborations throughout the city over the next 20 years. Okayama is located within the Setouchi region, which has become a burgeoning art destination. The Setouchi Triennale 2019 Fall Expansion takes place from September 28 to November 4.
Details and booking information can be found on the hotel website: https://a-and-a.org/?lang=en
Sanyo News, September 16, 2019.
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