The new TRUNK(HOTEL) YOYOGI PARK is all about fitting in perfectly with the lively vibe of the Japanese Oku-shibu district. The hotel’s unwavering commitment to a serene and people-centric approach is evident in its discerning aesthetic selections, seamlessly aligning with the relaxed yet refined atmosphere of the surrounding community.
At the core of this endeavor lies the pivotal concept of ‘Urban Recharge’, an initiative that seeks to unite the urban landscape with the natural world, seamlessly blending tradition with modernity, and fostering an environment that effortlessly combines leisure and celebration. Moreover, this visionary project aims to foster a sense of togetherness by bridging the gap between the local community and esteemed visitors, creating an inclusive space that is cherished by all.
TRUNK(HOTEL) YOYOGI PARK is a calm retreat seamlessly woven into the vibrant tapestry of Tokyo. Here, amid the juxtaposition of modernity and tradition, the celebration of leisure and festivity, and the embrace of both the local community and cherished visitors, you’ll discover the perfect blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty.
Drawing inspiration from Tokyo’s varied hues and moods, the project encapsulates the interplay of contrasting yet harmonious elements. It mirrors the vibrant Yoyogi Park, the surrounding city blocks, and the famed Shibuya Crossing. It’s the epitome of modern and traditional lifestyles converging. From the raw and refined to the melding of Japanese and European craft traditions, the design embodies this delicate balance. The verdant embrace not only enriches the exterior aesthetics but also symbolizes the commitment to offering a sanctuary amidst the city’s bustling energy. So, as you wander through this retreat, you’ll discover a place to find both solace and stimulation, forging a path to enduring vitality.
Keiji Ashizawa Design has overseen the architecture and interior design throughout, working closely with the TRUNK team, while Norm Architects has been engaged to support the interior design of the hotel. Now, drawing upon the extensive expertise of its collaborators, TRUNK(HOTEL) YOYOGI PARK presents a hybrid of global design expertise, with each team sharing common values and a holistic approach to the fields of interiors, architecture, and design.
Design and colour inspiration for the project was found in the contrasting, yet balanced, aspects of Tokyo. The result presents a synthesis of the adjacent Yoyogi Park, its surrounding city blocks, and the nearby Shibuya Crossing, as well as modern and traditional lifestyles; the interplay of raw and refined; and the Japanese and European craft traditions of the teams involved.
The design of the building plays upon this balance and contrast with a simple, almost brutalist structure, featuring exposed raw concrete that is a result of unique Japanese architectural construction techniques, juxtaposed with elegant wooden louvers across the balconies.
As you gaze upon the concrete facade, lush greenery weaves its way into the design, underscoring the deep connection to the nearby park. The lush foliage not only enhances the exterior but also symbolizes a commitment to providing a peaceful escape amidst the bustling city, where guests can immerse themselves in the soothing embrace of nature while enjoying the comforts of this urban retreat.
“A hotel should be able to serve as a home and fulfil all the basic elements of dwelling – comfort, security, relaxation. But a hotel is so much more. It’s a place to sleep, eat, work, socialize, rest and party. It’s been an interesting journey for us to find the right balance between a space that is relaxed and vibrant at the same time,” Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Norm Architects, told urdesign.