Attention is paid by us, when wood can be used beautifully. Kengo Kuma-designed 15-room hotel, and particularly the attached good fresh fruit industry in the city of Yusuhara, in the Takaoka District of Kochi, Japan, is just a project worth admiring.
We like the skilful, minimal utilization of resources, conventional techniques and meaning in the development of the marketplace area that seems both old and fully modern at the same time frame — an exclusively Japanese ability, this indicates.
The great, thatched faade pays tribute to the town’s historical history of providing individuals who took the primary arterial Yusuhara path rest areas named ‘Chad Do’ that also worked as sites for social exchange and discussion.
As always with this specific kind of style, our eyes are attracted to anything that isn’t there, allowing us to see what’s there much more clearly. No litter, no visual noise. Modern minimalism at its best.