kotobuki hotel
all images © shimizu ken

 

 

a balanced contrast of materials, shapes and gaps

 

the process began with micelle acquiring the car park at the back of the site and building an extension of the existing structure, now the kotobuki hotel, to increase floor space. with its delicate, shed-like, and corrugated white façade that is uncommon in the city context, the extension steadily injects novelty into the area while contrasting its bulky neighbor made of bricks and concrete. further asserting that spatial distinction is the gap created between both buildings, which the architect highlighted through landscaped features. on that note, tomoki states that: ‘when you leave your room, you feel the outdoors, the smell of the farm, the illusion of the morning mist, and when you move to the next building you feel the layers of its history. the composition is simple but full of richness.’

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the existing building follows the tripartite composition (base, shaft, crown) of architect louis sullivan

 

 

indeed, that richness comes forth in designing and selecting the kotobuki hotel’s materials, shapes, and object sizes. these final components were organized in a way that allowed the concrete frame, the large wooden and ready-made furniture, and fittings, to come together without disturbing their ‘independent melodies’. for example, interior objects that portray similar size, texture, and style are grouped into three or more clusters in each space to create an overall harmony. that said, each object within the group features enough differences and contradictions that reflect the identity of the hotel. ‘we thought that these differences and contradictions would become ‘clues’, ‘gaps’, that would make people feel both comfortable and tense — so we left them as they were without unifying them,’ explains the team. 

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the corrugated extension presents a light, shed-like form that contrasts the boldness of the existing building

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the extension has an arched sequence, similar to the one at the plinth of the existing building

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corrugated steel sheets, a common material in farmlands and suburbs, are a novelty in this city context

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the gap between both buildings is accentuated by landscaped features        

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hotel room with rich mix of materials working well together while maintaining their independent qualities

the kotobuki hotel revealed as a striking, architectural collage in japan
similar objects, with enough differences, are grouped together in each space

 

 

 

project info: 

 

name: kotobuki hotel
location: kagoshima, japan
area: 1889 sqm

architecture: micelle ltd. / katada tomoki
structural engineers: testsuya tanaka structural engineers
construction: uenodan kensetsu, kuroki kagu

graphic design: F&S creations / inoue hironori
artwork: teppei soutome
planting design: araheam
photography: shimizu ken

 

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the kotobuki hotel revealed as a striking, architectural collage in japan
 
the kotobuki hotel revealed as a striking, architectural collage in japan
 
the kotobuki hotel revealed as a striking, architectural collage in japan
 
the kotobuki hotel revealed as a striking, architectural collage in japan
 
the kotobuki hotel revealed as a striking, architectural collage in japan
 
the kotobuki hotel revealed as a striking, architectural collage in japan
 
the kotobuki hotel revealed as a striking, architectural collage in japan
 
the kotobuki hotel revealed as a striking, architectural collage in japan
 
the kotobuki hotel revealed as a striking, architectural collage in japan