Project Of The Month: K5 TOKYO HOTEL
K5 TOKYO HOTEL BY CLAESSON KOIVISTO RUNE.
project title: K5 TOKYO HOTEL
architecture: Claesson Koivisto Rune
location: Tokyo, Japan.
completion: August, 2020
photography: Yikin Hyo
Housed in a converted 1920s bank building, K5 Tokyo sits beside the Tokyo Stock Exchange and connects the traditional Imperial Palace area with the hip Eastern part of the city. The Japanese word ‘Aimai’ guides K5 Tokyo’s concept, which translates to vague, obscure or ambiguous. The Japanese word has a positive, poetic sentiment, denoting the benefits of erasing borders.
Spread over 2,200 square metres across 4 levels, this mixed-use project comprises a hotel, restaurant, wine bar, coffee shop, cocktail bar & beer hall. Designed by Stockholm-based architects Claesson Koivisto Rune, K5 Tokyo’s functions intentionally intermingle – the library is the bar, while the coffee shop doubles as a lounge, which flows into a wine bar and restaurant.
The guest rooms are characterised by the inclusion of a huge, glowing column, at the room’s center, rising from floor to the 3 and 4.5 metre high ceilings. The ‘column’ is a circular, translucent fabric veil, partially dip-dyed in indigo, lit by a custom-made paper lantern. It envelops a freestanding bed with integrated shelf and desk. Drawing aside the veil reveals more of the room beyond. A sofa, easy chair and flower pots are placed around the room’s edges, like ‘satellites’ while the walls are kept free of furnishings.
The hotel’s unique location has directly influenced the lighting and colour scheme in some public spaces. With the rear of the hotel facing an arterial thoroughfare, Claesson Koivisto Rune have utilized passing car lights as a feature, incorporating coloured glass into all windows at the back of the hotel for a kaleidoscopic light show in the hotel’s corridors.
Similar bursts of colour are also present in guestrooms, open spaces which are defined by a large central veiled column, cut from naturally dyed fabric in bold shades of indigo. The grand proportions of each high-ceiling space are compounded by the minimal arrangement of Claesson Koivisto Rune-designed sofas, leather recliners and flowerpots positioned around each veiled core, while record players accompanied by curated vinyl collections introduce a touch of intimacy. These pieces coalesce with Claesson Koivisto–Rune designed lighting most prominently, bespoke washi paper lamps and items from Maruni and Emeco, in addition to prints from the architect’s ‘Faciem’ collection.