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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 a full renewal, the client was considering this renovation scheme as an “update”,thus the entire project was based on the idea of updating the facility while maintaining the existing elements and atmosphere, and proceed in several phases from bath, special room, guest rooms, washing rooms, hall room.
For the first phase of construction, we renovated a small inside bath within the facility. Facing the bath, there is a beautiful tsutsuji (azalea) garden, and the only major change was the opening facing this garden. The aluminum framed windows 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.

Phase two construction : renovation of room #50 suite room
Phase three construction : renovation of room #17 (hall room), other guest rooms
Phase four construction : renovation of room #22 suite room
Phase four construction : renovation of the private bath(kuruhi-no-yu, futami-no-yu)

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 Futatsumata, Yasushi Arikawa(CASE-REAL),
Construction: Kawashima Co., Ltd.
Manufacture of furniture: E&Y
Photo: Takumi Ota

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