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May 30, 2024

In the dense urban landscape of Tokyo, Hotel Rakuragu emerges as a striking example of innovative architectural design by Kooo Architects.

Situated just a five-minute walk from Mitsukoshimae Station on the Ginza Line, this 9-story boutique hotel maximizes its modest 83.47m² site with a thoughtful approach that challenges conventional spatial constraints.

Co-founder Ayaka Kojima articulates a vision that transcends typical urban hotel design. In many small hotels, windows and balconies are relegated to one side, confining light and views. However, Kojima and her team envisioned a bold departure from this norm, leveraging the narrow gaps between adjacent buildings to introduce light and openness from multiple directions. This design choice not only bathes the rooms in natural light but also crafts an iconic facade characterized by varied balcony placements, each contributing to a harmonious mix of hotel rooms.

The architectural ingenuity extends to the building's structural elements. A braced and rigid frame structure was selected for its cost-efficiency and ability to minimize the cross-sections of columns and beams, an essential consideration given the high tower ratio of the site. Despite the proximity to neighboring structures, Kooo Architects adeptly planned the openings to mitigate any sense of oppressiveness, ensuring that guests enjoy ample daylight without intrusive sightlines.

On the ground floor, the absence of typical F&B facilities due to space constraints is creatively offset by an engaging reception area adorned with artwork by we+, doubling as a gallery space. This design choice fosters a connection with the local community, aligning with the owner's vision of openness.

The upper floors of Hotel Rakuragu continue the theme of thoughtful design with an emphasis on guest comfort and well-being. Diatomaceous earth wallpaper graces the walls, its texture subtly enhancing the experience of natural light. The bathrooms, critical to the layout, are strategically placed to comply with Chuo ward regulations, ensuring privacy without sacrificing aesthetic appeal. By positioning shower facilities centrally or away from windows and placing washrooms externally, the design achieves a delicate balance between functionality and a sense of spaciousness.

Hotel Rakuragu exemplifies Kooo Architects' commitment to redefining small urban spaces. Through innovative use of light, structural efficiency, and a keen sensitivity to guest experience, this project demonstrates the transformative power of thoughtful architectural design in the heart of Tokyo.

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@zaxarovcom
May 30, 2024

In the dense urban landscape of Tokyo, Hotel Rakuragu emerges as a striking example of innovative architectural design by Kooo Architects.

Situated just a five-minute walk from Mitsukoshimae Station on the Ginza Line, this 9-story boutique hotel maximizes its modest 83.47m² site with a thoughtful approach that challenges conventional spatial constraints.

Co-founder Ayaka Kojima articulates a vision that transcends typical urban hotel design. In many small hotels, windows and balconies are relegated to one side, confining light and views. However, Kojima and her team envisioned a bold departure from this norm, leveraging the narrow gaps between adjacent buildings to introduce light and openness from multiple directions. This design choice not only bathes the rooms in natural light but also crafts an iconic facade characterized by varied balcony placements, each contributing to a harmonious mix of hotel rooms.

The architectural ingenuity extends to the building's structural elements. A braced and rigid frame structure was selected for its cost-efficiency and ability to minimize the cross-sections of columns and beams, an essential consideration given the high tower ratio of the site. Despite the proximity to neighboring structures, Kooo Architects adeptly planned the openings to mitigate any sense of oppressiveness, ensuring that guests enjoy ample daylight without intrusive sightlines.

On the ground floor, the absence of typical F&B facilities due to space constraints is creatively offset by an engaging reception area adorned with artwork by we+, doubling as a gallery space. This design choice fosters a connection with the local community, aligning with the owner's vision of openness.

The upper floors of Hotel Rakuragu continue the theme of thoughtful design with an emphasis on guest comfort and well-being. Diatomaceous earth wallpaper graces the walls, its texture subtly enhancing the experience of natural light. The bathrooms, critical to the layout, are strategically placed to comply with Chuo ward regulations, ensuring privacy without sacrificing aesthetic appeal. By positioning shower facilities centrally or away from windows and placing washrooms externally, the design achieves a delicate balance between functionality and a sense of spaciousness.

Hotel Rakuragu exemplifies Kooo Architects' commitment to redefining small urban spaces. Through innovative use of light, structural efficiency, and a keen sensitivity to guest experience, this project demonstrates the transformative power of thoughtful architectural design in the heart of Tokyo.

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