©Kengo Kuma & Associates

Japan 2012One Niseko


We renovated a condominium and hotel complex in Niseko, one of the world’s most popular ski resorts. Oak boards with the bark left on were added in order to transform the concrete and cold, hard style into something that feels soft and warm as much as possible.

The oak boards are used as the material for the eaves on the outside, and extensively in a wide of areas on the inside, from the walls to the library bookshelves.

Team Yuki Ikeguchi, Hiroaki Akiyama, Akio Saruta Cooperation Umezawa Structural Engineers Facility GODA Illumination Daiko Electric Company