Kameya (Kame means tortoise) is a historic work of architecture in Japan containing a hotel which was recently renewed to eliminate modularity from its spaces.
In Japanese tradition, Hourai-san is a legendary mountain which is home to mythical figures. The myth became the concept inspiring the interior design on various floors in the Kameya skyscraper. Every floor was managed by a different designer, all coordinated by Hiroyuki Komatsu.
Suite 1111, designed by Touhoku University of Arts and Design, is a big room which stands out on the horizon among the clouds, with big floor-to-ceiling windows.
Suites 1114 and 1116, by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects, feature Naguri textures sculpted by numerically controlled machines and walls which change colour depending on the light.
The Lounge level, also by Yasutaka Yoshimura, acts as a bridge to the hotel rooms and is built entirely out of cubic units of different sizes which are given different values. The windows on this level reveal only the ocean and the sky.
Location: Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan.
Architects: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects and Touhoku University of Arts and Design
Creative director: Hiroyuki Komatsu (KKHK Brand Design)
Builder: Sato Koumu
Photographer: Shin Suzuki