Situated on a mountain side, far from the town and detached from the community stands James Turrell’s “House of Light” (2006) in Niigata Prefecture. Contemporary design emulates the traditional Japanese architecture of elevated wooden dwellings, but in this instance, as an enclosure to a ‘Skyspace’.
Comparable to previous perceptual works by the artist, the structure forms the circumstance in which to experience a naked eye observatory. As the roof opens to reveal the sky, an oblong of light illuminates the interior. Crucial to each of Turrell’s installations is how the presentation of the void appears as though it were a solid form, before your eyes adjust to the subtleties and changes in light conditions.