kyoto hotel room by kubo tsushima features a 'moon' light fixture that waxes and wanes
 

kyoto hotel room by kubo tsushima features a 'moon' light fixture that waxes and wanes

kubo tsushima architects has designed two rooms within a boutique hotel in kyoto, japan. for the first space, room 103, the design team made dimming the lights — usually a mundane action — an experience to be remembered. as the room only had one narrow window facing a courtyard, the architects were not able to bring addition external illumination into the space. instead, they carved a circular light fixture into the wall that appears as a full moon.

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all images and video by kubo tsushima architects

 

 

when the lights are dimmed, the moon changes from a full moon to a crescent. ‘just as the waxing and the waning of the moon influences the ebb and flow of the sea, these moon phases are also thought to impact the human body and emotions, as our bodies are also largely composed of water,’ says kubo tsushima architects. meanwhile, the junction between the walls and ceiling has been rounded off with plaster to create a safe and secluded environment.

kyoto hotel room kubo tsushima

 

 

for room 401 at the screen hotel, (scroll down for photos) the architects designed a room inspired by the early morning dawn shrouded in mist. this room, located on the fourth floor of the hotel, has a large window that looks out over the city. as morning sunlight streams in through this window, the architects decided to install a green carpet, reminiscent of a grassy plain. where the carpet joins the walls, the vertical surface has been painted in a gradation of green to white, evoking the image of being in the middle of a field.

kyoto hotel room kubo tsushima

 

 

the entire space is composed of rounded walls that conceal the existence of columns and beams. ‘we formed a slit between the ceiling and the wall, in which we inserted indirect lighting that brings to mind the light of the morning sun,’ the design team explains. ‘the sharp, bright light of dawn shines in on a faintly blurred image of a grassy plain, creating a special passage of pure, morning time, quietly enveloped in a deep fog. it is a dim, hazy scene with no defined edges, where you can spend a quiet stretch of time.’

kyoto hotel room kubo tsushima

kyoto hotel room kubo tsushima

 

kyoto hotel room kubo tsushima
moon phases — floor plan

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kyoto hotel room kubo tsushima

kyoto hotel room by kubo tsushima features a 'moon' light fixture that waxes and wanes

kyoto hotel room by kubo tsushima features a 'moon' light fixture that waxes and wanes

kyoto hotel room by kubo tsushima features a 'moon' light fixture that waxes and wanes

kyoto hotel room by kubo tsushima features a 'moon' light fixture that waxes and wanes

kyoto hotel room by kubo tsushima features a 'moon' light fixture that waxes and wanes

kyoto hotel room by kubo tsushima features a 'moon' light fixture that waxes and wanes
morning dawn — floor plan

 

 

project info:

 

name: moon phases (#103)/ morning dawn (#401)
location: the screen hotel, kyoto, japan
total floor area: 51.81 sqm (#103), 50.39 sqm (#401)
completion: december 2019
designer: hideaki kubo + yumi tsushima / kubo tsushima architects
organizer: NPC & TRON TOKYO
contractor: semba corporation
curator: TRON TOKYO
photography and movie: kubo tsushima architects

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