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Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Japan Architecture News - Jun 17, 2022 - 14:53   570 views

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Kengo Kuma and Associates has added small stones to exterior walls of ryokan in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Called Kusatsu Kimuraya, the single-room facility is known as "ryokan" which means a traditional Japanese inn or small hotel whose floors are covered with tatami.

The two-storey facility features a curved walls with dark skin and at the corner, a small portion of the façade is designed with glass to allow light to enter in.

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

A small outer staircase that leads guests to the upper floor where a cozy sleeping room takes place. 

Located in the famous Kusatsu Onsen (hot spring) in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, the key material of the building is Asama stone used on the façade of the building and creates a three dimensional landscape.

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

According to the studio, Asama stone is found in hot springs and the team connected building and landscape with a three-dimensional landscape by using on the exterior walls. 

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

On the first floor, there is a restaurant that directly faces the famous hot spring fields. To further harmonize with the landscape, the studio applies curve geometries that resonate with the soft movement of steam rising from the hot springs and govern how we arranged the use of local materials.

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Inside, the studio uses local materials such as Asama stone terrazzo and Japanese washi paper mixed with crushed local stones. Tiles, which are typically used for the floor of the hot spring fields, are used in the wet areas.

"By incorporating material and geometrical elements of Yubatake hot springs throughout the building, we condensed the materiality of the historic town of Kusatsu in this small building," said Kengo Kuma and Associates.

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Site plan

Kengo Kuma and Associates adds stones to exterior walls of small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan

Sections

Kengo Kuma and Associates is designing a commercial building covered by plants in downtown San Jose and completed a Student Exchange Hub in Tokyo. 

Project facts

Project name: Kusatsu Kimuraya

Architects: Kengo Kuma and Associates

Location: Gunma Prefecture, Japan. 

Size: 123m2

Team: Minoru Yokoo, Yutaro Ota, Nanako Adachi, Shoki An, Yoo Shiho, Junlin Chen 

Cooperation: Akira Suzuki Architect 

Accumulation: Futaba Quantity Surveyors

All images © Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office.

All drawings © Kengo Kuma and Associates.

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