Located in Maebashi, a city a two-hour drive north of Tokyo, the hotel’s architecture and interior design has been carried out by Sou Fujimoto, while many of the guest rooms have been designed by creatives such as Michele de Lucchi, Jasper Morrison, and Leandro Erlich. the project has been conceived as a living room where both locals and travelers can relax and enjoy art, food, and nature.
The Shiroiya Hotel comprises two main components: the ‘Heritage Tower’, which is the previously existing hotel building that dates back to the 1970s; and the ‘Green Tower’, a new building that appears from the outside as a piece of undulating landscape. Responsible for both parts of the hotel as well as their interiors, Sou Fujimoto renovated the original structure by removing the floors and exposing the rough concrete surfaces. Externally, visitors are welcomed by the artwork of Lawrence Weiner, while inside the architecture interacts with an artwork by Leandro Erlich titled ‘lighting pipes’.
The Heritage Tower contains 17 rooms, with many of them designed by creative minds from around the world. Rooms by Italian architect Michele de Lucchi and British designer Jasper Morrison utilize wood to great effect, while Sou Fujimoto and Leandro Erlich have each designed rooms that serve as a continuation of their work elsewhere in the project: Fujimoto incorporates greenery and a sense of minimalism, while Erlich again uses pipes to define the interior of the space. Furthermore, each guest room exhibits unique artwork by local and international artists such as Hiraku Suzuki and Ryan Gander.
Made from locally grown ingredients, the hotel’s restaurant and lounge serves French and western cuisine. Notably, the main dining at the restaurant is supervised by Hiroyasu Kawate, the owner and chef of Florilege — a Michelin 2-star French restaurant in Tokyo.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 25 rooms • hotel opened: December 2020 • architecture & interior design: Sou Fujimoto (Tokyo)