yasutaka yoshimura architects: hostel in kyonan
yasutaka yoshimura architects: hostel in kyonan yasutaka yoshimura architects: hostel in kyonan
apr 23, 2013

yasutaka yoshimura architects: hostel in kyonan

‘hostel in kyonan’ by yasutaka yoshimura architects, chiba, japanimage © yasutaka yoshimuraall images courtesy of yasutaka yoshimura architects




based on a radial pinwheel organization, the ‘hostel in kyonan’ provides temporary residence for those taking part in the training center and respond to the client’s need for a relocatable or demountable structure with the possibility for future additions. two capsule-hotel and three tatami style buildings designed by japanese practice yasutaka yoshimura architects make up the entire complex, oriented at slightly offset angles from one another giving each private bedroom a unique view of tokyo bay. each unit’s dimensions are based on the standard size of a freight truck, assuring transportability as a whole. a wooden frame structure was used, allowing for slender members that would only need to span short distances and maximize interior space. unfinished wooden panels make up the interior surfaces, cutting down on costs while still creating a warm atmosphere for an overnight stay.

situated on an elevated plinth overlooking tokyo bayimage © yasutaka yoshimura

meters from the water’s edgeimage © yasutaka yoshimura

radial organization opens unique views to each blockimage © yasutaka yoshimura

image © yasutaka yoshimura

parking area and entrance to each moduleimage © yasutaka yoshimura

image © yasutaka yoshimura

image © yasutaka yoshimura

treated exterior wood panelsimage © yasutaka yoshimura

tatami roomimage © yasutaka yoshimura

offset windowsimage © yasutaka yoshimura

hallway to the roomsimage © yasutaka yoshimura

single roomimage © yasutaka yoshimura

(left) individual room(right) bathroomimage © yasutaka yoshimura

image © yasutaka yoshimura


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location: kyonan, chiba, japanprincipal use: private training campcategory: newly builtcompletion date: aug/2012structure: wooden, 1 storysite area: 1,013.22sq.mbuilding area: 149.85sq.mtotal floor area: 149.85sq.mmax height: 3,117 mmstructural engineer: asa/akira suzukigeneral contractor: ajiro koumuten

  • Really? It takes an architecture firm to place temporary trailers on a gravel lot?
    Plywood creates a “warm atmosphere” for the interior? Gimme a break.

    aacasteel says:
  • It’s not so bad.

    Allan says:

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