Horai Onsen Bath House | Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Daichi Ano

Japan 2003Horai Onsen Bath House

Hospitality
Completed

This is an outdoor bath with a roof for one of the leading hot spring inns in Japan that is located on a large slope in Atami overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The area where you take off your clothes, washing area and spa were planned in a continuous linear orientation on a long thin site on the cliff.

The entire floor was covered with Japanese cypress boards, and the light corrugated plastic roof is supported by 60mm square steel posts. A transparent roof and cypress were used in order to recreate the tradition of wooden structures in Japan in a contemporary manner.

Publication Shinkenchiku 2003/07 Photography ©︎ Daici Ano