Hotel Royal Classic Osaka | Kengo Kuma and Associates
©Kawasumi・Kobayasi Kenji Photograph Office

Japan 2020Hotel Royal Classic Osaka

2017.12
Osaka
Commercial | Hospitality | Cafe/Restaurant/Retail
Completed
26,490
19F / 1BF

The Osaka Shin Kabukiza Theatre (1958), a masterpiece of Togo Murano who is known for his Karahafu gables, has been reborn as a hotel that incorporates a contemporary art gallery.

First, in order to add accessibility to the Namba District which is one of the centers of street culture in Osaka, we opened a large hole in the center of the building to reconnect the building with the area in back of Kabukiza. Precast Concrete (PC) and aluminum panels were used to renovate Togo Murano’s karahafu gables, and we covered the guest room structure that was added to the top of the building with a curtain wall that has aluminum fins. These aluminum fins are provided at a pitch of 1200mm, and between two and five of these fins are randomly overlapped in the depth direction. This provides the curtain wall with a fluctuating surface that evokes an image of natural phenomena such as clouds or fog.

This represents a challenge on our behalf to use particles that consist of thin aluminum panels to replicate the pattern of Karahafu gables created by Togo Murano in an ongoing attempt to give structures a soft and feminine character.

This represents a challenge on our behalf to use particles that consist of thin aluminum panels to replicate the pattern of Karahafu gables created by Togo Murano in an ongoing attempt to give structures a soft and feminine character.

Team Eishi Sakamoto, Taiki Monaka, Hiroshi Tanabe, Taku Nishikawa*, Taketo Ichise* Construction Kajima Corporation Cooperation Kajima Corporation Facility Kajima Corporation Publication Casa BRUTUS 2021/03 vol.251 , Shinkenchiku 2020/03 , Kindai Kenchiku 2020/01 Vol.74 , Nikkei Architecture 2019/12/26 , Nikkei Architecture 2019/01/24 Photography ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office