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.