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Esashi Ryotei Kuki, Esashi, Japan 
Friday 30 Oct 2009
 
An insular hotel 
 
Nakayama Architects 
 
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7 rooms completely protected by concrete high walls 

Located on a seaside field surrounded by arid landscape with landfill fields and exposed to strong,almost constant winds, the hotel was conceived as a sequence of protected inside spaces from which to contemplate the exterior. To reinforce the idea of the rooms as protected outdoor-viewing devices,we created projecting low windows of exaggerated depth.7 rooms are completely protected by concrete high walls.

The hotel is built of a wood structure almost entirely except for the concrete base and walls. For the facades,local wood and stones were used in order to meet budgetary and time constraints. The hotel recalls local contemporary piscatorial constructions such as sheds and fisherman house. The interiors and the landscape seek to bring the dweller close to the austere rural character of the surroundings by providing simple,generous and silent spaces.

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Status Completed
Value 135(m€)
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Nakayama Architects
www.nanana.co.jp

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