HAPPA HOTEL | Schemata Architects / Jo Nagasaka
Words by mooponto Staff
January 7, 2013
HAPPA, a complex building of offices and galleries, was temporarily converted to a hotel in August, 2009. This project let visitors defamiliarize the space of HAPPA through hotel-like experiences that were totally different to what they would have expected.
We put a sash on the outside of the existing shutter which actually separated the undefined space between the inside and the outside from the gallery, and made it connectable to the outside and therefore usable as a hotel-room.
The space with a kitchen-door for water circulation, which is a separable facility from the rest of the space, was also converted in this way. This project put forward an important viewpoint for considering the future of the city of Tokyo; an “error” in the use of a space let us recognize an alternative merit of that space.
useful link: AOYAMA | MEGURO
architects: Schemata Architects / Jo Nagasaka
location: Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
gallery: AOYAMA | MEGURO
designers: Syuhei Nakamura + Izumi Okayasu + Mihoko Mori
cafe bar: Yoko Shimada
tenant branch shop: Utrecht•PLANCTON etc…
art work: Shinya Aota
director: AOYAMA | MEGURO/Hideki Aoyama•E&Y/Go Matuzawa
completion period: August 2009
photographs: Takumi Ota + Ken Shimizu
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