January 22, 2013

GINZAN ONSEN FUJIYA HOTEL DESIGN BY KENGO KUMA


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GINZAN ONSEN FUJIYA HOTEL DESIGN BY KENGO KUMA
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GINZAN ONSEN FUJIYA HOTEL DESIGN BY KENGO KUMA
A wooden 4 story Onsen ( Hot spring ) Hotel stands at the bottom of a valley in a region of snow. The existing facade was renovated utilizing wood from the orjinal 100 years old hotel while the interior space was reorganized by a delicate screen made from 4 mm wide slits of bamboo ( Sumushiko ) . An almost transparent stained glass called Dalle de Verre first used in the middle ages is fit into the opening which faces the extorior space. These bamboo screens, neither transparent nor opaque, provide a soft light and shade the interior creating a space to heal and relax, complementing to effects of bathing in an Onsen. 
All the information and some pictures had taken from Kengo Kuma' s web page. Others had taken from Fujiya Hotel own page, Uniqhotels' s web page and photographer Jimmy Cohrssen' s web page.
What makes this hotel so special is your host’s meticulous adherence to Japanese inn-keeping traditions; the aim of which is to anticipate and meet your needs before you are even aware of them yourself. Your hostess, Jeanie Fuji, is arguably the world’s best practitioner of the traditional Japanese art of hospitality. It has even gained her celebrity status in Japan which she accepts with demure modesty. The hotel is over 350 years old and has recently been updated to accommodate the needs of the international traveler without scrimping on traditional Japanese aesthetics. Layered bamboo screens majestically order the interior space while the light shines through many stained glass windows. Textured paper screens imbibe the areas with a sense of calm which you can enjoy before taking a dip in one of 5 natural spa pools fed by the areas famous, Ginzan Onsen (hot springs). There is even one on the roof offering you views of unprecedented beauty while you soak in the revitalizing waters. The philosophy of Fujiya Ginzan is to assist you in resting and restoring your holistic self. Prepare to leave with new levels of well being emanating through your body and mind.




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KENGO KUMA
BIOGRAPHY
2008   Established Kuma & Associates Europe ( Paris, France)
1990   Established Kengo Kuma & Associates
1987   Established Spatial Design Studio
1979   Completed the Master Course, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1954   Born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

TEACHING & PROFESSORSHIPS
2009 - Present          Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, The University of Tokyo
2007 – 2008             Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign ( Chicago, USA )
2001 – 2009             Proffessor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University
1998 – 1999             Proffessor at the Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University
1994                           Lecturer at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University ( New York – USA )
1985 - 1986              Visiting Scholar Graduate School, Columbia University and Asian Cultural Council ( USA )

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
First class Architect in Japan
Architecte DESA ( Diplome de l’ Ecole Speciale d’ Architecture
Architecte Inscrit au Tableau de l’ Ordre des Architectes
International Fellow for Royal Instıtute of British Architectes ( RIBA )
Honorary Fellow fort he American Institude of Architects ( AIA )
Received a Ph D from Keio University

AWARDS ( For Kengo Kuma )
2012   The 6th ASIAGRAPH Award
            Japan Information – Cultuology Society Award
2011   The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’ s Art Encouragement Prize for ‘’ Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum ‘’
2010   Mainichi Art Award for ‘’ Nezu Museum ‘’
2009   Decoration Officier de L ‘ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres ( France )
2008   Energy Performance + Architecture Award ( France )
            Bois Magazine International Wood Architecture Award ( France )
2002   Spirit of Nature Wood  Architecture Award ( Finland )
2001   Togo Murano Award for ‘’ Nakagawa – machi Bato Hiroshige Museum ‘’
1997   Architectural Institute of Japan Award for  ‘’ Noh Stage in the Forest ‘’
            First Place , AIA Dupont Benedictus award for  ‘’ Water Glass ‘’ ( USA )