Kengo Kuma has an incredible knack for turning disused, neglected spaces into tranquil retreats that celebrate the power of nature. Kuma's latest project in Japan is the Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel, which is built on the site of a former factory. Wrapped in bamboo, the gorgeous hotel is a single double-story volume organized around a central green courtyard.
The modest 4,562 square-meter hotel has an angled roof and is wrapped in fast-growing bamboo. A timber shelter hovers over the entrance, which leads to an expansive reception area that then leads to the courtyard. A small, glazed wedding chapel is bathed in diffused natural light, while pools of water combined with planted bamboo provide an incredible sense of calm.
On the other side of the courtyard lies a series of restaurants, banquet rooms and guest rooms, which are all on the lower level. The zen-like courtyard creates a comfortable micro climate while the renewable bamboo cladding protects against solar gain. This is no ordinary Holiday Inn, but then again, everything Kengo Kuma does is extraordinary.
Photos by Fujinari Miyazaki