A rectilinear structure of warm Japanese cedar wood and glass walls floats among swaying forest treetops.
“I want visitors to experience a sense of unity between the building and the landscape,” says architect Shigeru Ban.
Arriving is something of a sensory awakening. Visitors feel the breeze and inhale forest scents while wandering along an open-air pathway, wrapped around the building. The flowing skywalk not only creates only a gentle transition from outside to inner world, just like the pathway to a tea house – it also forges a deep connection between nature and architecture.
Inside, a large communal space spans the upper level – home to The Restaurant, The Wine & Whisky Bar, Cigar Room and Forest Terrace. Its clean-lined interior showcases Ban’s signature innovations – from a symphony of interlocked timber trusses to original SSH paper tube furniture. A more intimate atmosphere fills the 12 guestrooms on the lower level, each with hinoki cypress wood bathtubs and private outdoor spaces, organic lines of wood and bespoke textiles.
Invisible, transparent, floating: the idea of creating a compact wood and glass structure that seemingly hovers in its natural landscape underpinned its creative genesis. The outdoor skywalk – and the desire for guests to directly connect with nature – also instantly came to mind when Ban saw the site for the first time, lined with its tall, swaying pine trees.
There are connective hints of SSH No.01, also by Ban. The undulating lines of the first building are lightly echoed in the warm timber and the curves that soften its lined form – from the corner sweep of a staircase to the semi-circular shape of a table.
The line between inside and out is naturally blurred by the Forest Terrace. This spacious outdoor area is a comfortable extension of the interior, with its continuation of intricate timber joinery and fully retractable glass walls. Here, guests can sit close to the treetops and experience the passing of the seasons, next to the warming flames of an outdoor fireplace.
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