Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel Chinese Restaurant LIN-KA

Design Concept
Dining amongst the luscious greenery of a fresh fruit garden. The name “LIN-KA” comes from the theme of orchard, which can be felt going through the entrance Gazebo and experience the transparent layers of colours offered by the garden scenery.
It also breaks away from the more stately conventional image of a Chinese Restaurant with island stations to freely serve and ink paintings expressed in aluminum that are scattered to become part of the entertainment to be enjoyed, in re-interpreting its own traditions.



The Westin Miyako Kyoto Guestroom Renovation

Design concept

Based on motto, “The Queen of Elegance”, both the east hall and the main hall were designed to reflect the nature of Kyoto and Higashiyama mountains by incorporating the texture of wood, expressing the elegance and softness in sinuous lines.

The guest rooms in the east hall are imbued with calmness, for instance a carpet inspired by the cool ambience of the riverbed (“Kawadoko”) in the summer and a stool shaped as a plum blossom using traditional motifs that are often referred to in kyoto-esque poems. The guest rooms of the main building based on the main colors themes of the fresh green foliage at Nanzenji Temple and terracotta colour of the aqueduct, “Suirokaku Water Bridge” creating an elegant modern space that reflects the fusion of “Taisho Roman & Modern” style which pays homage to the villa in the Nanzenji region which were popular during Meiji to early Showa period.

The number of guest rooms was reduced from 499 to 266 keys, by expanding the average area per room from approximately 35sq.m to 50sq.m thus offering a more luxurious room size centered around the suites.In so doing, all bathrooms were renewed, and they all have an independent washroom to ensure a generous space.With this renewal, the former hotel has re-establish itself as a luxury hotel in Kyoto, one of the most famous and highly competitive tourist destinations, befitting its position as “The Queen of Elegance” realized in reality thanks to the major renovation.


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Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora

Design concept

Exterior design
The vertical and horizontal louvres are inspired by the lattice work of “Ajiro” wood weaving pattern representative of the parquet motif from traditional Hakone Arts & Craft which originated at the end of the Edo period. The entrance has a simple and minimalist design in the image of a Hakone villa, to keep the arriving guests in anticipation of the next sequence through the lobby.

Interior / FF & E Design
Haku-undo tea house at Gora Park is made by one of the three more recent tea masters from Odawara region. It remains a valuable example of the “country house” that will serve as a “blueprint” of the old wooden village farmhouses, which it was rebuilt upon in latter style. The interior space thus pays homage to this informal country house approach as its main theme for the entire hotel, including the details in the lobby space to the guest room amenities. Furthermore, such an approach seems most appropriate as indeed named, “Gora”, evokes the motifs of natural rugged rocks which surrounds the area, complimented by the tree-lined cherry blossoms in Hayakawa, and some elements taken from the historic photo studio in front of Gora station. The spectacle of lights from the fireflies in summer which can be viewed from the parquet lined outdoor decking is just one of the playful gestures which engages the guest to fully indulge in local surrounding and its ambience in truly experiencing this Indigo hotel in Hakone, Japan.



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The Okura Tokyo

Opened in 1962, KKS had a long relationship with the design of “Hotel Okura Tokyo” since its foundation. With the redevelopment of the hotel in 2019, we were in charge of the interior design of several banquets and main food and beverage facilities in continuing the legacy of its pristine quality and high end standard with which Okura was built upon through its history and in inheriting both its appreciation of artistic values and in hospitality services.

In reinventing its image, “Tohkarin”, a Chinese restaurant located on the 6th floor of the “Prestige” block, distinctly expresses the theme of “Togenkyou” (based on the utopian Chinese fable of the Peach Blossom Spring), which the restaurant derives its name from, yet at the same time preserving stylistic traits from its former interior in following the tradition since its establishment.

On the 7th floor, are banquet facilities in the style of “English mannerism” which was incorporated during the era of western modernization of Japan as well as in response to the demand for flexibility with the internationalization of Okura as a global hotel operator at that time.

Together with the Sky Chapel, more banquet halls and combination of food & beverage facilities, 41st Floor offers a panoramic view of Tokyo’s skyline and celebrate its rebirth as a hotel brand entering a new epoch of modern and urban lifestyle. The teppanyaki restaurant, “sazanka” epitomizes this fusion of its new skyscraper environment with the upmost sophistication in Japanese arts/craft and cuisine based on the theme of “Pottery & Flame”. Every care in detail has been focused to maximize the effect, both in technical challenge such as in showcasing the cutting-edge kitchen equipment for the open teppanyaki counter with minimal presence of the kitchen hood in order not to obstruct the view and lighting designs specifically to cater for the characteristic high ceiling space.

photo:Hotel Okura Tokyo Co., Ltd



Karuizawa Prince Hotel West Japanese Restaurant ”Karamatsu“

Design concept:
“A space that connects the present with Karuizawa’s memory and grace”In relocating and renovating the former traditional Japanese restaurant, “Karamatsu” at West Karuizawa Prince Hotel, to a site away from the current hotel where the restaurant originally stood, we created a spatial design based on the theme of reviving such fond memory, scenery, and blessings provided by the unique settings of Karuizawa .The “Kamado” style dining which was incorporated into the new design for the restaurant offers an experience in enjoying the richness of Japanese food and culture as well as its graceful past particular to its site setting, paying homage to the vibrant ambience of the wonderful “beam space” of the kitchen typical yet unique to Kiso Kaido Karuizawa-juku, a type of dwelling / accommodation known for the region.

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Trust Garden Ogikubo

Ogikubo, historically was known for the lush green environment and its (golden) field of Amur Silvergrass native to the area of what was known as Musashino during Taisho to the early Showa period. Nowadays, included within the east of Metropolitan Tokyo, the area has a good mix of residential, civic and educational facilities. Catering for more well-cultured and high-society due to the historical background of being a “Second Home” for many of the former cultural and political figures as well as artists alike. It is thought to share the same traits and vestiges similar to Kamakura in the west known for its villas (or “Bessho” in Japanese) from the golden age of Showa period.

Our architectural proposition pays homage to this rather mature and quiet context suited for silver living. It is designed to be a reticent building with a landmark presence in scale amidst its residential neighborhood surrounded in greenery. Its architectural design comprises of gold extended eaves, and textured overlapping tiles on the exterior which is reticent of the simplicity in form and tonalities of the traditional Japanese villa, “Bessho”. The overall design is based on bespoke modern interpretation of the concept of “Master Craftsman” as formerly the villas were also custom-made in creation for their purposes.

The interior design follows this principal of “quiet elegance” in essence. Such an approach is reflected in the humble gate yet warm welcoming entrance to the facility which leads to the atrium lounge facing the inner garden. The inner garden is there to remind of the original scenery of Musashino with lush greenery providing shades in the summer. Series of characteristic louvres open up to this garden space which can be visible from the entrance reception. The Lounge itself has a cozy fireplace, bookshelves, and original artworks are spread throughout the facility including the hall area to remind us of the unique context of its origins and place called “Ogikubo” in past and future to come.



Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel Concierge Lounge

New Executive Lounge, “Concierge Lounge” opened on April 19, 2019 occupying the 15th floor of the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel located just above JR Nagoya Station.

The challenge for this renovation project hinged on how to convert a 12m high interior space to be a comfortable environment, at the same time making use of such high-ceiling void with a fresh new approach.

The interior concept is based on “Maison de Serre -a luxury residence with a conservatory”.
The 320m2 large lounge has been divided into five theme areas, creating a variety of cozy spaces.

“Welcome Living” creates as a chic check-in area, with a restful living room. In the center of the lounge, “Jewelry Buffet & Live Kitchen” creates a buffet corner based on an image of a jewelry showcase.

“Conservatory Dining” area is envisaged as a greenhouse with natural day-light from large windows with lush indoor greenery, while stepping up to the “Wood Terrace” is like a semi-outdoor living space where a large wooden table made from a single piece of timber is placed to further emphasize the sense of being outdoor and open. While a bookcase and fireplace in one corner of the “Wood Terrace” offers a relaxing space, each niche is seamlessly woven together to create an impressive large space evoking a sense of luxury.

In overall, a dynamic and elegantly designed lounge is borne out of the combination of warm, light and green spaces with sparkling displays in a chic, restful interior.



XIV Yugawara Rikyu has been selected as "100 Best People in the World".

XIV Yugawara Rikyu has been selected as “100 Best People in the World”.


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Collections of Works by KKS Group has been published.

“KKS Leading Hotel Design” has been published by KINDAIKENCHIKU-SHA CO.,LTD.

The theme of this book is “Successful Hotels and Resorts”, it focuses on the recent luxury hotels in Japan and Asian countries designed by KKS Group.


It is crucial to have better strategies for Japan to attract more luxury consumers as a major tourist destination. Although Japan has everything which is necessary for popular tourist destinations such as favorable climate, weather, tradition and food, the lack of hotels for luxury customers has been pointed out as one of the main reasons being less attractive to foreign wealthy consumers in Japan. It is our pleasure if this book is helpful as a reference on reflecting these issues.


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