Esashi Town is the very first fishing town flourished in Hokkaido, is the historic town of Honshu and exchanged trade for as long as 1100 years ago. Herring fishing is popular in a long time,Kuki is also known to be a gateway to Hokkaido, the town helped fish transport by ships.
This sea area is famous for the flow of fish entering towards the Japanese side from main land asia. The inspiration was therefore of a ship where guests can take refuge. Kamome island is visible from the area as a silhouette.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The stones in the stone-garden represents the sea outside. Like the Japanese garden. The concrete walls and the stone-garden around the building makes you live in a boat from the world where you can destress yourself from your daily Japanese hard-work. The stones used on the roof are an symbol taken from the past, when people used to use stones to hold down the roof to resist against the strong sea wind.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
By having only 7 rooms this hotel is designed to allure repeated and regular guests into its premises. By limiting the number of guests, these guests are treated with utmost intimate care. Every room is designed with its own hot water spring. It is designed in such a way that one can relax in his room the whole day forgetting the outside world.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project ended in April 2009 in Esachi-cho, Himaya-Gun.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Structure is mainly by wood and concrete. The use of stones in places is very unique and original to the place. Small stones surrounding the building symbolizes water, hence the building is set on water and encompasses a boats image.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
It covers an area of approximately 3,800 square feet and a large, single-story with wooden roofing weighed down by stones(traditional method in the area). There are only 7 rooms in total. They are small but comfortable space and intimate spaces that make you feel the density and appearance. External atmosphere is moist near the sea and the whole inn has a healing environment for the guests by incorporating nature into the design.
Japanese, Modern, Hotel, Simple, Minimal, Light, Traditional, Wood, Concrete
The site was located at one of the oldest and historical fishing towns in Hokkaido where seafood is famous. I wanted to give the building touches of historical architecture seen in that area. I did this by incorporating stones in my design.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Makoto Nakayama, 2016.