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Japanese hotel building at night by the river

The Ritz-carlton Kyoto

Service: Interior Design / Art Concept / Architecture & Landscape concepts collaboration 

Type: Hospitality / Food & Beverage / Spa

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Completion: February 2014   

The project is a dichotomy of needs: on the one hand, it had to appeal to guests from oversees and all over Japan, while on the other, it had to correctly and appropriately interpret Kyoto’s Miyabi cultural heritage.

Adding to the challenge, the resort had to capture the Ritz-Carlton DNA and meet the hallmarks of the Ritz-Carlton  brand in terms of comfort, service, quality of materials and  ‘surprising guests with the unexpected’.

The interiors pay homage to the traditions of Japan, with patterned motifs created by local artisans and the  incorporation of Zen rock gardens (locally known as “karesansui”) and water features, including a four-story  waterfall, are aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel.

Floating staircase in a dark golden space
Floating staircase in a dark golden space with moon artwork at the background
Lobby lounge in a japanese style
Lift lobby with wooden bench, red sculpture and dim lights
Lift lobby with wooden bench, phone and dim lights
Lounge in a japanese style with wooden lattice, dining tables and setup
Illuminated table and a bonsai tree at the background creating theatrics effect
Twin bedroom with grey sofa, wooden table and chairs and yellow tables
Hotel suite living room with sofas, pillows, fireplace
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