Stones From Japanese Hot Springs Cover The Façade of This Small Hotel in Japan | Kengo Kuma And Associates

Christened, Kusatsu Kimuraya, this small hotel in Gunma Prefecture, Japan features a unique façade with small stones on its exterior walls. Designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, the building grabs attention with its raw and stunning exterior. Read more about the project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

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Located in the famous Kusatsu Onsen (hot spring) in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, this small single-room facility or a small hotel features a wonderful façade with small stones projected from its exterior wall. The project floors are covered with tatami. 

Captivating dark surface 

The two-story building features arresting curved walls with dark surfaces. While the small portion of the façade is designed with glass to allow light to enter in. 

The upper floor of the structure comprises a sleeping space that is reached via a small outer staircase.

Material palette

The firm used Asama stone-which is found in nearby hot springs- to construct the façade of the structure that gives a three-dimensional landscape. 

The first floor of the hotel contains a restaurant that overlooks the noteworthy hot spring fields. Thus the façade of the structure complement the landscape . Further to blend it completely with the landscape, the firm applied curve geometries that resonate with the soft flow of steam rising from the hot springs and presides how we managed the use of local materials.

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"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.

Inside, the firm used local materials such as Japanese washi paper mixed with crushed local stones and Asama stone terrazzo. To give a complete feel of its landscape, the tiles that are used for the floor of the hot spring fields, are used in the wet areas.

Project Details

Project name: Kusatsu Kimuraya
Architecture firm: 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
Photos courtesy: Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office.

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