schemata architects reveals the second venue of the capsule hotel chain ‘ºC’ situated in the center of a red-light district next to the east exit of gotanda station, tokyo. the new destination allows the guests to enjoy a hot sauna and warm pillar showers with a design stripped to a bare minimum and somewhat reminiscent of a cave.
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courtesy of schemata architects
schemata architects’ capsule hotel is for male guests only, considering the customer base in the district. the former public bath in the basement was renovated into a sauna and shower room. the post-demolition condition of the interior was unique — it looked like a cave with projected and recessed parts and dead-ends. the architects reimagined the existing cave and observed each existing form to find the most appropriate use for each space.
a narrow and long space with a high ceiling was converted into a sauna with a stepped floor where one can enjoy different heat intensities according to the floor height. toto-manufactured warm pillar showers were installed on walls surrounding a small enclosed cave-like space where customers can enjoy strong waterjet streams.
guestrooms’ structure was kept, while the existing wallpaper was removed and newly constructed walls were left unfinished to create a contrast between the existing capsule units and the bare interior.
title: ºC (do-c) gotanda
architects：jo nagasaka / schemata architects
architecture team：ryosuke yamamoto
furniture team: ou ueno
address：1-20-15 higashi-gotanda, shinagawa-ku, tokyo
usage： capsule hotel
construction： zycc corporation, thermarivm co., ltd., okamura corporation, bpa co.,ltd., kotobuki seating co.,ltd., mizuno seitoen co.,ltd.
collaboration：hiromura design office, design studio s
site area: 127.44㎡
building area: 108.80㎡
total floor area: 891.57㎡
structure： b1f-1f rc, 2f-7f steel
completion： april, 2018
photographer: nacasa & partners inc.
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