kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan

Kubo Tsushima Architects’ mirrored ceilings amplify landscape

 

Kubo Tsushima Architects settles a peaceful retreat within the mountainous countryside of Okuyugawara, Japan. In the Yugawara spa resort, the Villa of Water Mirror hotel overlooks and draws in the Fujiki River and its hot springs. The studio’s design was inspired by these natural views, and uses mirrored elements to reflect the surrounding vistas internally.

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan
kubo tsushima architects settles a peaceful retreat within the mountainous landscape

all images by Munetaka Onodera

 

 

Connecting people with places

 

Kubo Tsushima Architects was founded in 2011 by Hideaki Kubo and Yumi Tsushima. The Tokyo-based design practice believes in giving ‘form’ to comfortable environments that connect people with places and nature. In the Villa of Water Mirror, reflective ceilings fill bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas, with the ever changing scenery of the outdoor world.

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan
the interior finishes are dark-toned to make the mirrored landscape stand out

 

 

swaying trees and murmuring water is captured internally

 

The layout opens towards the river and the interior finishes are dark-toned, making the reflected landscape stand out. As the seasons change, so too does the atmosphere of the internal spaces, creating a deep connection between the hotel’s architecture and it’s surroundings. The slightest details, such as the swaying of the trees or the murmuring of the river water, is captured in the highly reflective material, forming a calm space.

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan
the project aims to reflect the surrounding natural views internally

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan
reflective ceilings fill bedrooms with the ever changing scenery of the outdoor world

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the murmuring of the river water is captured in the highly reflective material

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan
kubo tsushima architects gives form to comfortable environments that connect people with places

 

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the layout opens towards the fujiki river

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan
as the seasons change so too does the atmosphere of the architecture

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan
organic interiors further enhance connection to nature

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swaying of the trees is reflected in the ceiling

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan
glazing is full width and height, maximizing natural views

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan
the villa of water mirror hotel sits within the yugawara spa resort

kubo tsushima architects reflects river onto mirrored hotel-spa ceiling in japan
the hotel overlooks natural scenes in okuyugawara japan

 

 

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project info:

 

name: Villa of Water Mirror 

location: 683-8, Yugawara-machi Miyakami, Ashigarashimogun, Kanagawa, Japan

client: Musashi Corporation

architects: Kubo Tsushima Architects (Hideaki Kubo+Yumi Tsushima) | @kubotsushimaarchitects

facility design: Zo Consulting Engineers

structural design: Megumi Tamura Structural Factory

construction: Shinsei Corporation

completed: January 2023

photography: Munetaka Onodera | @munetaka_onodera

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