Archinect - News 2017-08-21T02:33:09-04:00 Pico Iyer visits Japan's Naoshima island Nam Henderson 2011-07-13T13:56:44-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="480" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The structures around Naoshima are super-hi-tech, 23rd-century constructions of grey reinforced concrete, with every next-generation innovation; but they take you back to the principles of spareness, simplicity and concentration that graced the haiku, brush-and-ink paintings and Noh dramas of old.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The "art island" of Naoshima is dotted with calming concrete installations a world away from Tokyo's frenetic pace. Pico Iyer stayed at the hotel Benesse House designed by Tadao Ando and enjoyed moments of tranquility and museum peace.</p>