naruse inokuma 'reinvents' the capsule hotel by considering each part of a guest's stay
 

naruse inokuma 'reinvents' the capsule hotel by considering each part of a guest's stay

tokyo-based firm naruse inokuma architects has completed a capsule hotel in osaka, japan. however, unlike many capsule hotels where the quality of the experience is often overlooked, the design team sought to reinvent the typology by considering each aspect of a guest’s stay. the architects divided the four stages of the hotel stay into four scenes: the reception, the ‘prologue corridor’, the ‘sanitary lounge’, and, finally, the sleeping pod spaces.

naruse inokuma 9h nine
all images by nacása & partners

 

 

located in the japanese city of osaka, 9h nine hours namba station seeks to set a new standard for capsule hotels. ‘we thus designed a completely new form of capsule hotel that reinvents its conventional image and pursues functionality while simultaneously providing a rich staying experience,’ explains naruse inokuma architects. ‘by selecting the most suitable colors, materials and lighting for each of these functions, we were able to realize a functional hotel that is also rich in the joys of the hotel stay’.

naruse inokuma 9h nine

 

 

the ‘sanitary lounge’ was an area of particular attention. this part of the scheme, containing the hotel’s wet areas, has been made more habitable in order to lessen the stress of time spent in between showering and going to sleep, or between getting ready and heading out. for this purpose, the lockers, washing area, shower, and toilet space, which had previously all been located in separate areas, are connected together as part of a single sequence, while a lounge function is also incorporated.

naruse inokuma 9h nine

naruse inokuma 9h nine

naruse inokuma 'reinvents' the capsule hotel by considering each part of a guest's stay

naruse inokuma 'reinvents' the capsule hotel by considering each part of a guest's stay

naruse inokuma 'reinvents' the capsule hotel by considering each part of a guest's stay

naruse inokuma 'reinvents' the capsule hotel by considering each part of a guest's stay

naruse inokuma 'reinvents' the capsule hotel by considering each part of a guest's stay

naruse inokuma 'reinvents' the capsule hotel by considering each part of a guest's stay

naruse inokuma 'reinvents' the capsule hotel by considering each part of a guest's stay

naruse inokuma 'reinvents' the capsule hotel by considering each part of a guest's stay

 

 

project info:

 

name: 9h nine hours namba station
usage: capsule hotel
planned area: 994.67 sqm
location: osaka, japan
completion year: 2019
architecture firm: naruse・inokuma architects (tokyo, japan)
lead architects: yuri naruse, jun inokuma, yohei yamagata

 

additional credits —
direction: nine hours inc.
creative direction / product design: fumie shibata (design studio s)
sign & graphic design: masaaki hiromura (hiromura design office)
lighting design: yoshiki ichikawa, ko nakahara (modulex inc.)
clients: b-lot company limited
construction: masaru ohta, susumu tagashira, mie iino (zycc corporation) / etoh daizo (kotobuki seating co., ltd.)
photography: nacása & partners

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