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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

PIECE HOSTEL SANJO in Kyoto, Japan by OHArchitecture

 
November 14th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: OHArchitecture 

A hotel that unifies with its city. Piece Hostel Sanjo is not a newly-built building, but was born under renovation. This building used to be an ordinary Japanese-style inn, just as anyone would imagine what a traditional inn in Kyoto would look like.

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

  • Architects: OHArchitecture
  • Project: PIECE HOSTEL SANJO
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan 
  • Photography: Satoshi Shigeta, Toshiyuki Yano
  • Produce: TAT INC. Nobuyuki Tabata
  • Direction: HIGHSPOT DESIGN Tadashi kato, Yutaka Hirose
  • Designer: OHArchitecture Kosuke Okuda, Tatsuya Horii
  • Facility design: Shimazu Design Office Ltd Shimazu Mitsuhiro
  • Architecture: Reyou Co.,Ltd. Hiroki Nakamura Go Co.,Ltd. Hisakatsu Uno
  • Construction type: Interior Renewal
  • Function: Hostel
  • Total area: 1925.16㎡
  • Construction phase: Jan.2015〜Jul. 2015

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

The building was as if it was cut off from its city, especially in the opening area in front of the building where it brought about a sense of loneliness. Piece Hostel Sanjo’s guest rooms were redesigned to be comparatively smaller in size.

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

The reason behind this is because we would like for our guests, both from inside and outside the country, to step foot outside their rooms to explore Kyoto to the fullest. Inns and hotels often have a strong boundary between its building and the outside world, as they tend to have its own unique vibe within the building and does not give much attention to its surrounding atmosphere in terms of design.

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

We decided to shift that boundary a little. We redefined the border from “between a hotel and its city†to “between a guest room and its city†.

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

At that very moment, the components of the city spreads into every corner of the hotel, creating a connection between the hotel and the city. The building’s inner area is designed to be assimilate with the outer streets, as if the road is stretching out into the hotel.

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

We are pleased to assure you that the your time spent at this hotel, where the ideal gathering place in Kyoto has been restructured, will make your trip a memorable one, and moreover, it will surely be a PIECE of your fulfilled journey.

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

Image Courtesy © Satoshi Shigeta

Image Courtesy © OHArchitecture

Image Courtesy © OHArchitecture

Image Courtesy © OHArchitecture

Image Courtesy © OHArchitecture

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