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Setouchi Retreat Aonagi

Setouchi Retreat Aonagi Design in Shikoku Island
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  • Food & Drink

    Traditional Japanese cuisine from seasonal local ingredients

  • Spa & Recreation

    2 pools, spa, hot-spring Jacuzzi, sauna, art gallery

  • Food & Drink

    Traditional Japanese cuisine from seasonal local ingredients

  • Spa & Recreation

    2 pools, spa, hot-spring Jacuzzi, sauna, art gallery

This masterwork by a legendary minimalist architect Tadao Ando draws light and air into vast spaces, evoking the infinity of traditional Zen poetics.

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Architecture Tadao Ando

Setouchi Retreat Aonagi Architecture

Architecture Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando’s walls are renowned for their smoothness, which he achieves by pouring concrete into airtight wooden forms.

Situated in the verdant Matsuyama area of Japan, overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, the structure was initially built 20 years ago as a private guesthouse. The residence was then converted into a small modern art museum before reopening as Setouchi Aonagi—all under Tadao Ando’s supervision.

Interior design Majestic minimalism

This is a place of sublime minimalist luxury, where the unnecessary is stripped away.

Perfectly complementing Ando’s “smooth-as-silk” concrete walls, museum-quality artwork abounds at the hotel. Here, a painting by Frank Stella—one of the leading figures of the postwar minimalist and abstract movements—crowns the hotel’s dining room. Guests also discover a large-scale work by calligrapher/visual artist Rieko Kawabe, whose practice is rooted in Japanese aesthetic traditions.

Setouchi Retreat Aonagi Design in Matsuyama

This hotel is featured in New Perspectives: The Design Hotels Book Edition 2020.

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Location

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Asia / Pacific
Japan
Matsuyama

Setouchi Retreat Aonagi
794-1 Yanaidani-cho, Matsuyama
Matsuyama 799-2641
Japan

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