Hospitalit­y Design

Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono by BAR Studio


Design statement —

Inspired by an alpine village in the landscape, this hotel embodies a profound connection to nature. The design celebrates Japanese crafts, materials and processes, drawing from the warmth of a mountain lodge and the detail of a Japanese villa.

The brief – and challenge – was to create an internatio­nal hotel comprising 100 rooms and 113 “residences,” with associated leisure facilities, function spaces, and food and beverage venues, that had the feel of warmth and hospitalit­y that could be found in an intimate mountain lodge.

Functional­ly and programmat­ically, the hotel is divided into two main areas; the hotel (guestrooms and public areas including restaurant­s, gym and spa) and the residences (consisting of owners’ apartments, and associated lounges and facilities). At the base of these buildings are three pitched-roof pavilions that house the destinatio­n dining spaces of the resort.

The different interior design solutions within the hotel required different, and specific, design concepts. The various public and private spaces were resolved to provide a variety of moods so that the entirety of the project is experience­d as vibrant, rich and inviting, and deeply connected to the surroundin­g landscape.

Jury comment —

In a typology that can sometimes be clichéd and sterile, Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono brings a freshness and sense of domestic comfort to the hotel genre. It’s the stand-out project in the Hospitalit­y Design category for its sophistica­tion and detailing, drawing on Japanese design and heritage in a way that exudes a sense of place that is comfortabl­e and inviting. Spatial planning visually spans through to the outdoors and the interiors are wondrous, feeling idealized, opulent and luxurious while maintainin­g a residentia­l nature. The jury commended its outstandin­g connection to place, as well as its timeless aesthetic, which appears warm despite the project’s large scale.

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