One Niseko | Kengo Kuma & Associates

One Niseko | Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Renovation for a hotel in Niseco, Hokkaido, one of the most popular skiing resorts in the world.

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For the last several years, Niseco has been a target for huge investments of global-scale, which brought about a construction boom of non-characteristic buildings. Amid this state, we wanted a space that is deeply related to the history of this place – the culture of Ainu.

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The Ainus worship nature and believe a spirit resides in every single tree. As a way of expressing their respect to the blessing of nature, the Ainus had the tradition of using the entire body of wood for their house – from its structure to its roofing made of the bark.

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To follow the idea of the Ainu, we took in the nature as it is in our building.

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useful link: ONE NISEKO RESORT TOWERS

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architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
location: Niseko, Hokkaidō Prefecture, Japan
function: hotel
total floor area: 959.00 m²
completion period: December 2012
photographs: Kengo Kuma & Associates

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