Gallery: Yusuhara Marche is a Thatch-Covered Market & Boutique Hotel In...

In the small mountain town of Yusuhara in Japan is a combo market and hotel inspired by the traditional “Chado" guest rooms and tea salons. Covered in thatch, the Yusuhara Marche is a nod to the past and to the present using traditional materials in a new and efficient way. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the building's modular thatch panels form a well insulated curtain wall and operable windows allow for natural ventilation. Inside, a large atrium sells local produce, and in the back there are 15 hotel rooms to create a vibrant space for the town.

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