fronted with a porous wooden facade, the 'takayama hotel' in japan evokes a forestscape

fronted with a porous wooden facade, the 'takayama hotel' in japan evokes a forestscape

‘takayama hotel’ by Kraft architects 

 

Sited midway between the old streets of Takayama City in Gifu, Japan, and the larger urban area, ‘Takayama Hotel’ is a snug, renovated inn with subtle references to living among forested lands. The project was led by renowned furniture manufacturer Hida Sangyo, alongside Kraft Architects, local makers, and regional key players. Jointly, they worked towards establishing a hotel and tourism model that would flourish and evolve over the next century.

 

At first glance, and from the moment guests step inside, it becomes clear how one material, wood, gently binds the design together, providing soothing rhythmic patterns against a warm-toned lighting scheme.

fronted with a porous wooden facade, the 'takayama hotel' in japan evokes a forestscapeimages © Masao Nishikawa, Munetaka Onodera

 

 

harmonizing with the forest, maturing with the decades 

 

Kraft Architects (see more here) and Hida Sangyo (see more here) approached the renovation of the ‘Takayama Hotel’ by making the most of what is available on-site. In other words, the team uplifted the existing inn by expanding the possible uses of local resources, looking at their function and value from different angles.

 

To illustrate, about 200 small-diameter cedar trees, manually thinned in two-meter units from a steep mountain, were reconstructed into fittings and beds for the lodge. Complementing the cedar furniture is a main facade boasting an alternating design of perforated wooden panels and solid white coating — creating a gentle play of porosity and light. 

 

We aimed to create a space that matures over time while using persimmon tannin paint to prepare the materials, which have many variations in durability and color. We hope that it will not only serve as an inn but also as a base for community development that lives in harmony with the forest and will become a ‘spectacle’ of a new regional culture that matures over the years,’ concludes the team.

fronted with a porous wooden facade, the 'takayama hotel' in japan evokes a forestscape‘Takayama Hotel’ with its front facade ‘twinkling’ thanks to its perforated patterns

fronted with a porous wooden facade, the 'takayama hotel' in japan evokes a forestscape

fronted with a porous wooden facade, the 'takayama hotel' in japan evokes a forestscapeusing 200 small-diameter cedar trees to build the indoor furniture

fronted with a porous wooden facade, the 'takayama hotel' in japan evokes a forestscapebedroom area 

 

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fronted with a porous wooden facade, the 'takayama hotel' in japan evokes a forestscapeevoking the forestscape 

fronted with a porous wooden facade, the 'takayama hotel' in japan evokes a forestscapeKraft Architects collaborated with furniture manufacturer Hida Sangyo to renovate the inn 

 

 

 

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fronted with a porous wooden facade, the ‘takayama hotel’ in japan evokes a forestscape
 
fronted with a porous wooden facade, the ‘takayama hotel’ in japan evokes a forestscape
 

project info:

 

name: Takayama Hotel

location: Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
total area: 340 sqm

completion year: 2020
program: Multi-purpose lounge and hotel
structure and scale: RC construction, 3 floors

architecture: Kraft Architects 
collaborators: Hida Sangyo, Kaki BUSHI, Great Eruption, Maru Kogei
lighting consultant: Kanae Hagiwara

photography: Masao Nishikawa, Munetaka Onodera | @munetaka_onodera

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