NTT Urban Development Corporation (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN; President and Chief Executive Officer; Hiroshi Nakagawa) has signed a management contract with Ace Hotel (Headquarters: New York State, USA; President; Brad Wilson) in relation to the "SHIN-PUH-KAN Redevelopment Project" at, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The "Ace Hotel Kyoto" will not just be the first Ace Hotel launched in Japan, but a first for Ace in Asia. Opening is planned for end 2019.
NTT Urban Development Corporation ("NTT UD") has established businesses not only in Tokyo but in major cities throughout Japan including Kyoto. NTTUD has launched many Kyoto-based projects in the past: "SHIN-PUH-KAN" (opened 2001), "LAQUE Shijo Karasuma" (opened 2010), and the "Kiyomizu Elementary School Conversion Project" development currently scheduled to open in 2019. The people of Kyoto have long been fond of "SHIN-PUH-KAN" as a place to meet and spend time, and this redevelopment project will form the core focus of NTT UD mixed use development projects in Kyoto.NTT UD has invited Ace Hotel and its unique concept (which has a fan base that extends around the world) to form the nucleus of this redevelopment project.
Ace Hotel incorporates and leverages local elements of property locations into novel designs, and generates new forms of culture by acting as a focal point in collaboration with local communities and surrounding businesses. The "SHIN-PUH-KAN" redevelopment project utilizes a property that is a living part of NTT history: formerly the Kyoto Central Telephone Exchange; a historic building that has been standing since 1926.NTT UD and Ace Hotel working together intend to mark a new phase to Kyoto; a city known around the world as a tourist hot-spot, and a place where numerous hotels have opened. The aim is for "SHIN-PUH-KAN" to be a site where travelers from around the world can gather and interact with the local people of Kyoto. Also, to add further value to this project, Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA) have been engaged to supervise the architectural designs for the building.
NTT UD hopes that the "SHIN-PUH-KAN" redevelopment project and its various other projects either existing/underway in Kyoto will contribute to area revitalization and Kyoto becoming an even more attractive place.
Details of the "SHIN-PUH-KAN" Redevelopment Project
The inherited SHIN-PUH-KAN concept of "Tradition & Innovation" will be amalgamated with a new concept: "A Kyoto landmark with an appeal found just in this place" and the site reborn as a composite hotel/commercial facility.
Special Characteristics of the Project:
The property and site was NTT's former Kyoto Central Telephone Exchange built back in the Taisho period (1912-1926). The site faces the major commercial/sightseeing thoroughfare known as Karasuma Street (Karasumadori). SHIN-PUH-KAN was the very first dedicated/registered cultural asset of Kyoto City and as such, gives form to the Kyoto streetscape. The building was reborn as the "SHIN-PUH-KAN" commercial facility in 2001, and created a bustle around town. The project aims to preserve the character of the historic streetscape and while wanting to contribute to urban environment of Kyoto, the aim is to create an urban development brimming with bustle and appeal.
This project will have a new direct connection at the 2nd floor basement level with subway Karasuma Oike station. Also, the 1st floor will have at its center an internal garden also accessible to locals. A bustling passage will connect Karasuma Street with Higashinotouin Street (a passage lined with stores), and a walk-way will be created to the quaint and historic Aneyakouji district. Accessibility will be improved which will bring changes to the flows of foot-traffic with the aim being for the development to become a landmark in and around the town.
The new tower: various attractive restaurants/stores selling products etc. will be located between basement level 1 and the 1st floor, and the intention is for Ace Hotel to occupy floors 2 to 7.
The existing towers that face Karasuma Road will have commercial facilities on the 1st floor, and the 2nd and 3rd floors will be hotel guest rooms. From telephone exchange to commercial facility, and now a hotel; the building remains unchanged and as it was then, a link back to times gone by.
The exterior design of the building that architect Mr. Kuma Kengo is in charge of makes heavy use of louvres and timber framework with the aim of blending the property in with the neighborhood and Kyoto.
"SHIN-PUH-KAN" Redevelopment Project Floor Configuration
About Ace Hotel:
Ace Hotel; creating new trends in the hotel industry
Ace Hotel opened its first hotel in 1999 in America/Seattle. At this current point in time, Ace Hotel operates 9 hotels in America and the UK. "Ace Hotel Kyoto" is the first property in Japan, and Asia for Ace Hotel. Conspicuous features of Ace Hotel properties are the close attention to detail while maintaining a sense of playfulness, and using different designs for each hotel. The Ace Hotel concept is to create a community where people gather, and for the hotel to act as a hub that generates new culture; irrespective of whether the person is a hotel guest or member of the local community. Alliances are formed with local and nearby businesses to collaborate in running the business etc. This type of concept and design is influencing hotels around the world, and emerging as a major trend.
Comment by the President of Ace Hotel
Brad Wilson, Ace Hotel President
"It's been our long-standing dream to put down roots in Japan. We feel incredibly humbled and grateful to work with such a well-respected and admirable team including NTT UD and Kengo Kuma to make our mutual dreams a reality, creating a space that honors the beauty and history of Kyoto while at the same time fostering global connection and cultural innovation."
|＜Outline of Ace Hotel＞
|Hotel Locations:9 properties mainly in Nth America:
Seattle, Portland, New York, Palm Springs, London, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Chicago
|New York State, USA
About Mr. Kengo Kuma:
Architect/Professor at the University of TokyoRecent commissions include: Nezu Art Gallery, Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center (Tokyo), Nagaoka City Hall Aore,Kabukiza, BesanÇon Art Center and Cité de la Musique, FRAC Marseilles etc.Currently working on numerous projects in Japan and abroad.Participated in designing the New National Stadium in Japan.Books include: "Small Architecture" (Iwanami Shoten), "Architect Run" (Shinchousha), "My Place" (Daiwa Shobo) and many other titles.
Mr. Kengo Kuma's thoughts about the "SHIN-PUH-KAN" redevelopment project
The thought was to create a hotel that is connected to Kyoto and open to the neighborhood.
To begin with, the proposition was to create a dense garden where communities and hotels, as well as the past and the present are connected to this venerable land with various gardens, which existed since Heian period.
The existing Kyoto central telephone office building was designed by one of the great Japanese modern architect Tetsuro Yoshida.Through the central courtyard this red brick building converse and create a new harmony with this wooden grid system that reminisces the traditional Kyoto. The response to the Kyoto like Aneyakoji road and Higashino-toin road was answered in a delicate way through the use of fine louvers and meshes. These Louvers and meshes also act as environmental devices, which gently filters light and wind.
Furthermore the concrete was mixed with iron oxide to produce a finer warm color, which cannot be fabricated by paint.Every detail and materials were thought through to connect the building, land and history together.
"SHIN-PUH-KAN" Redevelopment Project: Outline
Transport Access: 1 minute walk from Kyoto Municipal Subway "Karasuma Oike Station"
Site Area: 6,384.73 m2
Principal Usage: Hotel, shops
Structure: Steel / Ferro concrete below ground
Scale: 2 floors below ground / 7 above
Building Height: Approx. 31 m
Total floor space: 25,677 m2 (planned)
No. of hotel guest rooms: 213 (planned)
Shop floor space: Approx. 2,300 m2 (B1 & 1F) (planned)
Construction Start: October 2017
Opens for business: Late 2019 (scheduled)
Business Owner: NTT Urban Development Corporation
Design/Supervision: NTT FACILITIES, INC.
Architectural Design Supervision: Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA)
Construction: OBAYASHI CORPORATION