Benesse House, Naoshima
Benesse House, the central feature of Benesse Art Site Naoshima, combines multiple functions – museum, hotel, restaurant and spa. Benesse House is located on the southern end of Naoshima Island and has a panoramic view of the Inland Sea. It is composed of four buildings, all designed by Tadao Ando. The Museum (1992) merges two different functions – museum and hotel – in one building. The Oval (1995), and the Park and Beach (both 2006) are accommodation-only facilities. The natural surroundings of the island penetrate the architecture through large apertures. Permanent, unique site-specific works have been created for Benesse House and provide the opportunity to enjoy relaxed and enriching encounters with artworks in the changing light over the course of the day. Some commissioned artists have incorporated projects within the architectural space, while others have been influenced by the landscape to create works along the seashore and in the forests.
If you are a lover of the arts, design and architecture, Benesse House offers an absolutely unique and amazing experience. The views of the Inland Sea from the peak of Naoshima Island are to yearn for from greatly designed rooms in buildings that commune with nature. The service is fantastic and everyone is immensely friendly in a highly relaxing environment. Nearby is the Art House Project where artists transform spaces into artworks while restoring old buildings in the Honmura district of Naoshima to enjoy the aesthetics of Japan. A must see is the Chichu Art Museum which is one of the prettiest museums to be encountered – built specifically to house the works of Claude Monet, Walter De Maria and James Turrell – first approached by an exquisite rendition of Monet’s Giverny garden and pond of water lilies. It will be a truly unique and unforgettable visit to Naoshima and Benesse House.