Welcome to OKAYAMA.
Welcome to A & A.
Stay in art,
Play in our local.
We are pleased to welcome you to Okayama and the world of A&A.
Interweaving art and architecture by assigning an artist and an architect for each project, A&A is a medium for expressing each locale.
Stay and soak yourself in each artistic and architectural expression. Once your step out of our houses, we will guide you to experience the city like a local.
GO HASEGAWA & ASSOCIATES
An extraordinary space.
Feel time pass through beautiful gradations of
shadows casted and lights shed.
GO HASEGAWA & ASSOCIATES
Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1977. Graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology with a master’s degree from the same university. Established Go Hasegawa and Associates in 2005 after working at Taira Nishizawa Architects. Received numerous awards including the SD Review Kashima Award and the 2008 New Architecture Award. Completed the PhD in Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology Postgraduate School in 2015 .
Has been a visiting professor at Harvard Design School, University of California Los Angeles, and Mendrisio Architectural Academy. Main writings include “Thinking, Making Architecture, Living” (LIXIL Publishing, 2011) and “a + u 556″(Publishing from a & u Co., Ltd., 2017).
MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO
A serene labyrinth.
Wander into mathematical
formulas and intertwined staircases.
MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO
MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO is a Tokyo-based design studio established by Masahiro and MAO Harada in 2004. Focused mainly on architectural design, they work on multi-scale designs from traditional products to reconstruction planning after the Tohoku Earthquake. Sourced from “Awareness of natural science” such as structure, material, construction and living environment, the “Unprecedented rational design” creates special strength of their works. Its physical prominence in additions to the concept is highly acclaimed worldwide, and awarded both domestically and internationally many times.
They have accomplished every types of architectural projects such as private residence , villa , housing, educational building , public building, hotel. They won many domestic and international awards such as LEAF AWARDS 1st Prize (2010 and 2014), JIA Grand Prix 2017, JIA Young Architects Award, BCS Award, AACA Yoshinobu Ashiwara Prize, SD Review Grand Prix, RECORD HOUSES 2010, Design Vanguard 2009, and Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center Public Competition 2nd Prize.
The land of sunshine.
At the entryway for the Setouchi inland sea, Okayama's rich culture and history have set the area to become one of the top art scenes in Japan. Within walking distance, you will run into modern art on display or find multiple museums with diverse genres. Within a short drive or a train ride, there is the famous art Island Naoshima or the historic town of Kurashiki.
The immediate surrounding area will never bore you offering a range of casual dining to michelin awarded restaurants, bars, castles, gardens, and parks.
The Ishikawa Foundation is pleased to introduce “A&A,” a project with aims of promoting the art and culture of Okayama while also serving to revitalize the local community.
Over the next 20 years, new art and architecture lodgings designed by select pairs of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists and Japanese architects will be created in and around the historical/cultural zones of Okayama City. Encouraging visitors to experience art through staying in these extraordinary new houses, the project seeks to promote the city as an attractive place to stay and enjoy engaging with various forms of art. The A&A welcomes Taro Nasu (Owner of TARO NASU) as Project Director, architect Jun Aoki (Jun Aoki & Assoiciates) as Advisor, and Yasuharu Ishikawa (President of Ishikawa Foundation) as its Producer.
Okayama serves as a gateway to Setouchi, and is also the setting for the “Okayama Art Summit” that aims to take place once every three years. It is a rare area in Japan rich in cultural resources, situated near the various islands of Setouchi including Naoshima that is internationally recognized as an art site, and also close to the Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki. It is also a place that is home to many examples of famous architecture such as the Okayama Prefectural Government Building and Hayashibara Museum of Art designed by Kunio Maekawa, who remains an important figure in the context of modern Japanese architecture.
In order for these lodgings to be experienced as “artworks,” they are each designed as an individual lodging for one group of guests per night. The project hopes to increase the number of repeated visitors to Okayama, encouraging people to learn more about the city’s appeal by staying there rather than simply passing though it on their travels.
President of ISHIKAWA FOUNDATION
Yasuharu Ishikawa is Founder and Chairman of Ishikawa Foundation which focuses mainly on conceptual art since 2014. The foundation is also engaged in other efforts to promote business and culture in his hometown, Okayama. Held in Okayama City once every three years, the Okayama Art Summit is an international exhibition of contemporary art; Ishikawa has been continue to be in charge of its Executive Producer from the first edition 2016.
TARO NASU, Owner
Born in 1966, Okayama, Japan. Graduated from Waseda University in 1990. After several years experience at Tenmaya in Okayama, in 1998, established a contemporary art gallery TARO NASU in Tokyo. In 2016, established an art consulting company Art & Public Co., Ltd. Over the years, has dedicated himself to spread the contemporary art through various activities by TARO NASU and Art & Public, often collaborated with domestic and foreign public sectors, museums and institutions. Appointed to an art advisory at “Imagineering OKAYAMA ART PROJECT” in 2014, and also has been serving as General Director of Okayama Art Summit since 2016.
President of Jun Aoki & Associates
Director of Kyoko City KYOCERA Museum of Arts
Professor of Tokyo University of Arts
Born in Yokohama 1956. Graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1982. After working for Arata Isozaki & Associates, founded Jun Aoki & Associates in 1991. Received Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award (1999) and Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize (2005). His main works include: Mamihara Bridge, Fukushima Lagoon Museum, Louis Vuitton Omotesando, Aomori Museum of Art, Omiyamae Gymnasium, among others.
Over the years I have been thinking about what would be the possibilities of public art and limitations of installing artworks outside.
What is necessary in order for artworks taken outside of the white cube context and placed in the street to maintain both their meaning and presence?
How does this meaning and presence relate to the concept of function?
Does it mean anything to raise this question itself in the first place?
The A&A Project was an idea that was conceived in the process of exploring such questions.
It is a vast sculpture by an artist, and architecture by an architect at the same time –
something that could be a subject for viewing and also a functional object that could be experienced.
We wanted to build small accommodation facilities that harbored such qualities,
dispersing them throughout various locations in Okayama city like installing public artworks.
Taro Nasu, Project Director