• Prize
    Winner in Interior Design City Destination
  • Company/Firm
    Tripster Inc.
  • Lead Designer
    Tripster Inc.
  • Other Designer(s)
    TRUNK ATELIER creative team members
  • Location
  • Project Date
    August 2019

TRUNK(HOUSE) is the second hospitality concept of TRUNK in Tokyo, opened in August 2019 in the picturesque district of Kagurazaka.
The ambition was to revive the spirit of Yamaji, a former Geisha training house and ryotei (traditional Japanese gastronomic restaurant), by turning the place into a unique town house style hotel.
The design team took the decision to preserve the facade of the 70-year-old two-story building, to transmit to all the visitors, the heritage of this former Geisha and refined entertainment district. In contrast, the interior has totally been reshaped, yet always with this subtle sense of Japanese aesthetics. The partitions have been removed in order to create a dynamic between the different spaces, from the open kitchen to the dining room or the master bedroom and traditional cha-no-ma style living room. Materials such as wood, concrete mortar or oxidized steel walls and designers' furniture have been selected to magnify soberly the atmosphere which is intentionally disrupted by unexpected elements; a contemporary Ukiyo-e on the bathroom wall or stained-glass, or cherry on top, hidden behind a black door, a minimalist dazzling disco to end the night.

Other prizes
TRUNK(HOTEL) Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2018 Travel+Leisure It List 2018 The 2018 Platinum List Hemisphere The Best New Hotels 2018 MONOCLE Travel Top 50 AHEAD Asia 2018 (New Concept of the Year / AHEAD Asia Hotel of the Year) Marco Polo Club Member’s Choice Awards 2019 Travel & Hospitality Awards Design Hotel of the Year in Japan 2020 TRUNK(HOUSE) Wallpaper* ?The Best Urban Hotels 2019? Jetsetter Best of the Best Awards 2019 International Design Award 2019 Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2020 DEPARTURES The Legend Awards 2020 Architectural Digest Great Design Awards 2020 The 16th Annual HD Award: Special Judge Award Small key hotel OPAL Award Winner 2020 ?- Boutique Hotel Category ?- Renovation Category