Joshua read about the House of Light designed by James Turrell on PingMag. We decided to try to get a group together to go out and stay there. As usual, we both got so busy, we ended up going by ourselves.
The art installation/house is in Tokamachi, Niigata, which is relatively out-of-the way in the countryside of Japan. The area is well known for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial. The House of Light or 光の館, is a beautiful house that can hold seven people. It has a Japanese style bath, sleeping quarters and a kitchen. The main event a room that goes through a subtle light display during sunrise and sunset. The ceiling opens up framing the sky in the lighting around the ceiling of the room.
The whole house as a very Japanese-style attention-to-detail, a practical and livable layout and a well-designed art installation feeling.
I'd recommend it for any group of up to seven people who want to spend a weekend together in a beautiful and peaceful place.
I took some photos as well as the video above.