Hostel | Shinjuku, Tokyo | 2016
UNPLAN Kagurazaka is a newly opened hostel in central Tokyo, built to accommodate various guests such as international backpackers and domestic business travellers.
Our aim was to simply insert elements for accommodation in furniture form into a rather banal looking building. As the result, the façade with a large glass opening is characterized with a series of cubic wood bunk beds facing the street. The design intention of these bunk beds was to create a minimal yet fully comfortable and private environment for guests. The lobby area is welcomed by a giant table around the central column which stands out as a signage for the hostel. This table serves as a reception, a concierge desk, and also as a café table, replacing a traditional reception counter.
Architect (Interior): Aida Atelier / Lighting Design: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design / Curtain: Yoko Ando Design / Construction: Benefitline (Interior), Aoki Kagu Atelier (Beds) / Photography: Tatsuya Noaki
Site Area: 359.78m2 / Building Area: 202.65m2 / Total Floor Area: 570.57m2 / Structure: Steel Structure
Website: UNPLAN Kagurazaka
AR BnB Awards 2016, Commended
JCD Design Award 2016, Silver Prize
Architectural Review, Issue 1434, Sep. 2016