One Niseko

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One Niseko | Kengo Kuma & Associates

Words by mooponto Staff

March 15, 2013

One Niseko is a hotel renovation in Niseko, Hokkaido, one of the most popular skiing resorts in the world.

For the last several years, Niseko 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.

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.

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


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Tags: #Minimalism#Renovations

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