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Located in Kinosaki Onsen(hot springs) in Hyogo prefecture, “Mikiya” is a traditional Japanese Ryokan known for its 300 year history and as a lodge associated with the renown novelist Naoya Shiga. The building is also known as a registered tangible cultural property, with a historical atmosphere that can be noticed throughout the wooden structure. At the same time Mikiya was facing inevitable deterioration, and started their renovation plan in 2013. Instead of the full renewal, the client was considering this renovation scheme as an “update”, leaving the atmosphere and details of the original building. This is a renovation project for one of their bathing facilities.

Facing the bath, there is a beautiful tsutsuji (azalea) garden, and the only major change was the opening facing this garden. The aluminum frames were replaced with a large hinoki (Japanese cypress) opening, creating a new view of the scenery that was previously isolated. The wall decorated with rough slates, the ceiling shape directly reflecting the roof, and the glass with a logo etched all come from the former design. Mosaic tiles were used as finishing materials for the bath to correspond with the original complex shape. We aimed to create a vague border between old and new, an atmosphere which can be considered as an extension of the past.

Client: Mikiya
Type of Project: Interior
Use: public bath of Japanese-style hotel
Period: Apr 2015 – Jul 2015
Floor Area: 51.1m2
Location: Hyogo(Kinosaki), Japan

Design: Koichi Futatusmata, Yasushi Arikawa(CASE-REAL),
Construction: Kawashima Co., Ltd.
Photo: Takumi Ota

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