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Japanese architect Kengo Kuma sees One@Tokyo hotel as ‘art installation’

August 9, 2017
BY Matt Kulling

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One@Tokyo front facade
One@Tokyo's front-facing facade, designed by Kengo Kuma.

In downtown Tokyo, a mesh of metal and wood springs up out of the ground and opens up to lush cityscapes. At first glance, you can’t tell it’s even a Tokyo hotel, it looks like an art museum or at best a cafe. That’s the aim of One@Tokyo.

One@Tokyo's rooftop lounge with a view of Tokyo's Skytree.

The Tokyo hotel’s facade and interior design are the work of world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma. Fusing metal and wood together, the hotel exemplifies Tokyo’s Oshiage district, which is a dichotomy of modern Tokyo and the bygone Edo era.

At present, Kuma is in the process of designing the new national stadium for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

One@Tokyo's lounge area, with a contrast of industrial and natural wood touches.

Beneath the Tokyo hotel’s giant, natural-wood facade is the main lounge, where a long counter links the reception area and the built-in restaurant and bar. Designed as a “forest in the sky,” the hotel’s rooftop has breathtaking views of Tokyo’s Skytree, with another homage to the contrast of the area with a clash of natural wood and industrial pieces.

One@Tokyo's front-facing facade, designed by Kengo Kuma.

The hotel is 10 stories and houses 142 guest rooms boasting the same minimal contrast as the lounge and rooftop area.

One of One@Tokyo's lounges, with a view outside to Tokyo's view.
The industrial-style bathroom in one of the rooms at One@Tokyo.
An exterior view of Kengo Kuma-designed One@Tokyo.
The slate-gray industrial style elevator area at One@Tokyo.
A view of the minimalist furniture at One@Tokyo's Skytree rooftop lounge.
Kengo Kuma-designed hotel One@Tokyo combines industrial and natural wood finishes throughout, even in the guest rooms.

 

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