a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived as an art hotel infused with local culture

a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived as an art hotel infused with local culture

51% gowari ichibu crafts an art hotel among rice paddies

 

Within a previously abandoned 120-year-old kominka farmhouse, Rakudo-An is a luxury art hotel nestled amid an idyllic rural village in Toyama, Japan. Restored by design agency 51% Gowari Ichibu as part of a local regeneration program, the exclusive three-room inn surrounded by rice paddies seeks to preserve the local architecture, celebrate Japan’s agrarian and cultural roots, and purify the mind and body of guests through minimalist design.

 

Infusing the space with the village’s diverse scenery, craftsmanship and cuisine, alongside contemporary art and mid-century modern furniture by prominent international figures, the team immerses guests in the spirit and virtue of Toyama. The interiors feature a harmonious blend of modern and traditional natural elements including clay, wood, bamboo, Japanese washi paper, and silk, creating a tranquil retreat amid nature.

a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived by 51% Gowari Ichibu as a luxury art hotel infused with local culture
Rakudo-An revives a 120-year-old farmhouse | images courtesy Nik van der Giesen & 51% Gowari Ichibu

 

 

preserving toyama’s agrarian roots and culture

 

Rakudo-An sits amid the Tonami Plain’s scenic rural landscape, which in recent times has seen a declining demand for rice and a shortage of farmers in the area, leading to abandoned farmland and Azumadachi farmhouses. As part of a wider regenerative tourism scheme instigated by Toyama West Tourism Promotion Association, 51% Gowari Ichibu’s projects aims to support local farmers, artists, and makers, to preserve the village and its local culture.

 

The hotel’s Italian cuisine restaurant, Il Cima, uses only ingredients caught by local fishermen and farmed in the local mountains to craft seasonal dishes unique to the region. A small boutique in the hotel also sells mingei crafts and Toyama food all produced by local makers. Further, the hotel donates 2% from all accommodation fees to a fund dedicated to village conservation activities. 

a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived by 51% Gowari Ichibu as a luxury art hotel infused with local culture
Rakudo-An art hotel opened in Toyama, Japan in October 2022

 

 

fusing crafts by local JAPANESE aND INTERNATIONAL DESIGners

 

For each of the hotel’s three thematic rooms, Toyama-based 51% Gowari Ichibu worked with a different local artist to design distinct, minimalist spaces with expansive views of the engulfing natural landscape. Overlooking Mt. Ushidake, the intimate ‘Paper’ room is defined by the gentle textures of Japanese paper, incorporating hand-made paper by Wataru Hatano across the walls and ceiling.

 

Meanwhile the ‘Soil’ room, with earthen walls created by Yuko Hayashi from clay collected on the farmhouse grounds, frames scenic views across the paddy fields. Finally, the luminous ‘Silk’ room engulfs visitors in a cocoon-like atmosphere, with silk walls and ceilings made by two local silkworms. 

a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived by 51% Gowari Ichibu as a luxury art hotel infused with local culture
a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary materials, textures and crafts

 

 

Rakudo-An’s interior features traditional natural elements to create a harmonious setting for the hotel’s curated collection of designer, mid-century modern furniture, mingei folk crafts, antiques, and contemporary art chosen by project producer Sari Hiyashiguchi of Mizu to Takumi – Toyama West Tourism Promotion Association.

 

Alongside supporting local craftspeople, Mizu to Takumi and 51% Gowari Ichibu integrates the work of prominent Japanese designers Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa, and Isamu Noguchi, and elements from international designers including lighting by Jasper Morrison and Poul Henningsen, and furniture by Hans J. Wegner and Pierre Jeanneret.

a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived by 51% Gowari Ichibu as a luxury art hotel infused with local culture
hand-made Japanese washi paper by Wataru Hatano defines the ‘Paper’ room

a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived by 51% Gowari Ichibu as a luxury art hotel infused with local culture
the Italian restaurant uses ingredients from local fishermen and farmers

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a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived by 51% Gowari Ichibu as a luxury art hotel infused with local culture
each of the hotel’s three rooms has been designed in collaboration with local artists

a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived by 51% Gowari Ichibu as a luxury art hotel infused with local culture
details of local Japanese craftsmanship

 

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the hotel sits surrounded by paddy fields
the hotel sits surrounded by paddy fields
the area has been affected by declining demand for rice and a shortage of farmers
the area has been affected by declining demand for rice and a shortage of farmers
a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived as an art hotel infused with local culture
 
a 120-year-old japanese farmhouse is revived as an art hotel infused with local culture
 

project info:

 

name: Rakudo-An
architecture: 51% Gowari Ichibu

interior, arts and crafts curation: Mizu to Takumi
location: Toyama, Japan

 

 

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edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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