Nakayama Architects design a hotel to feel like a wooden boat at sea
Esashi Ryotei kuki, described as a Japanese inn, is a unique hotel situated along the coast in the town of Esashi, an historical city in the south of Japan's second largest island, Hokkaido. Esashi has been important town for over a 1000 years linking itself to Japan's main island, Honshu, through the fishing industry.
The coastal hotel looks out over the ocean and the Kamome Island. Covering an area of approximately 3,800 square feet, the building is single story made almost entirely from wood except for the concrete base and walls. There are only seven rooms in total, each having a cosy and comfortable feel with a unique appearance to contrast the damp atmosphere outside, as it surrounded by an arid landscape and exposed to strong, almost constant winds.
It takes two hours to reach Esashi by train from Hakodate Station, therefore the staff provide excellent service to make the visit as leisurely as possible. The hotel is designed to ‘heal' the customer and ‘wash their mind' from stress. To accomplish this, the hotel design is not showy but subtle and soft.
Nakayama Archtiects used locally procured materials such as stone, soil, wood, iron and pottery to capture Esashi strong fishing history and create the concept that the hotel is like a wooden boat washed up among the boulders in a riverbed. The desire was for the ‘the wooden boat at sea' to be sustainable and pleasing to the eye.
The hotel includes sculptures and paintings by Yasuda, the dressing gowns are designed by is Junko Koshino and the cook supervisor is Mr. Nakamura Takaaki.