tato architects / yo shimada has completed ‘the blend inn,’ a small retro hotel located in osaka, japan. the project is located in a quiet area just outside the city center. the building consists of a concrete shell that can easily adapt to house a variety of different functions and create an overall diverse and pleasant atmosphere. during the construction, the client and architects worked closely with a real estate developer to finance the completion of the project. 

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tato architects has designed an eclectic hotel just outside of osaka, japan
all images by shinkenchiku sha | courtesy of tato architects



the interior furnishings are a mix and match of available items that create a fun and eclectic style throughout. we thought that this would make these contrivances, cobbled together out of various things made by local elderly people, artists and the accumulation of living intelligence in the neighborhood, seem even more brilliant,’ describes tato architects.

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the concrete structure provides a versatile shell for the hotel inside



the interior remains open with easy circulation between the public areas, which include foyers, eating and meeting space, and a shared kitchen. the hotel extends further than its concrete walls. the neighboring street, originally a private road, was integrated into the final design — creating an open atmosphere between the hotel visitors and surrounding town.

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open spaces allow guests to engage in collaborative work

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the open atmosphere also offers guests an easy way to socialize with one another

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sliding doors allow natural light and air to move through the place freely

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the colored window blinds add a little spice

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the interior is completed with furniture made of aluminum furring studs and jack-up tripods

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the hotel is designed with a bricolage of things that happened to be available

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the architects decided to build a plastic covered structure to hang out laundry

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the exterior staircase allows guests to access the roof

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the building’s entrance sits on the corner of the private pedestrian road and major street

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the simplicity of the structure allows for versatility to create an adaptive environment





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