• Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Brand New
  • Company/Firm
    Keiji Ashizawa Design
  • Lead Designer
    Keiji Ashizawa
  • Other Designer(s)
    Norm Architects
  • Architect
    Keiji Ashizawa
  • Interior Designer
    Keiji Ashizawa, Norm Architects
  • Hospitality
    TRUNK co.,ltd.
  • Photo Credit
    Courtesy of TRUNK, Photo by Tomooki Kengaku
  • Location
    Tokyo, JAPAN
  • Project Date
    September 1st, 2023
  • Project Link

Finding a unique niche between the large hotel chains of the wider Tokyo area, the boutique 1499m² hotel is designed to fit seamlessly into the spirit of the district, featuring a laid-back, human-centric program, and aesthetic choices that echo the easy-going, yet sophisticated atmosphere of the neighbourhood.

Design and colour inspiration for the project was found in the contrasting, yet balanced, aspects of Tokyo. The result presents a synthesis of Yoyogi Park (one of the city’s largest green spaces) its surrounding city blocks, and nearby Shibuya Crossing (the world’s busiest intersection); modern and traditional lifestyles; the interplay of raw and refined; and the Japanese and European craft traditions of the team. The design of the building plays upon this balance and contrast with a simple, almost brutalist structure, featuring exposed raw concrete (a result of
unique Japanese architectural construction techniques), juxtaposed with elegant wooden louvres across the balconies, and delicate, softening greenery.

TRUNK(HOTEL), a boutique hotel brand launched in Japan, opened its first location TRUNK(HOTEL) CAT STREET in Jingumae, Shibuya, in May of 2017. In 2019, TRUNK(HOUSE) opened as an exclusive vacation rental house in a renovated former geisha house in Kagurazaka. Subsequently, the new TRUNK(HOTEL) YOYOGI PARK opened in September of 2023 in Tomigaya, Shibuya. The brand has aimed to create hotels that vary in concept according to their location to provide a unique luxury accommodation experience.