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2020.10.08

Karuizawa Prince Hotel West

Karuizawa Prince Hotel West

Karuizawa Prince Hotel West Restaurant, Banquet Lobby pre-opening on July 23, 2020.

 

Design concept

The core area at Prince Grand Resort Karuizawa, also known as the West Area, has stood the test of time, now with the rebuilding of the old restaurant, and the establishment of a new banquet lobby to cater for the more recent demand as MICE facilities in expanding on the grand concept of “Nature Link- to be one with and to connect to Nature”, giving a new identity as an all-season resort. In addition, by reusing the large chestnut tree that once stood prominently on site, as art pieces scattered amongst the various new space provided by the expansion, remind the guests of the memory that spanned 100 years with the tree being the sole witness to the evolution of the resort and a talisman into future.

 

Architecture

Asama stone and larch are both indigenous to Karuizawa in Nagano prefecture and are endorsed as the main materials that connect the various terraces proposed along with the interior space to reinforce the main concept of being one with the nature and the seamless boundary between interior and exterior which is unique to the spatial quality of Karuizawa.

 

Interior

 

ALL DAY DINING LOUNGE / BAR, “Primrose”, epitomizes “Karuizawa’s four seasons” in subtleties using different colours and tying the sub-themes from expressing Spring, Summer to Autumn and Winter in unity under one large roof.  The partitions of re-assembled timber and colored stained glass gently divide the rather large space into cozy yet comfortable niches, giving them a human-scale where you can feel nature in each area.

On the other hand, the large Aji (natural) stone used for the show kitchen at the Chinese restaurant and the imported art pieces of Chinese embroidery of flowers at “Momo Lee” embodies the sub-theme of “The plateau of Karuizawa”, expressing both the strength of the earth, at the same time the petiteness of the wild flower that blooms for guests to remember the charms of Kuruizawa as a destination to be in.

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2020.10.02

Singapore Good Design Award 2020

THE BARRACKS HOTEL SENTOSA won the Singapore Good Design Award 2020 in the Interior Design category.
The Singapore Good Design Award is a partner of the Good Design Award in Japan.
Founded in 2013, the first “Singapore Good Design Mark” (SG Mark) was held in 2014, and experts from Japan also participated in the judging.

Owner: Far East Organization
Main Designer: Hidemi Kanda

Design Concept

Two blocks of former military barracks on Singapore’s Sentosa island have been carefully restored and transformed into a heritage hotel. Much of the original structure and architectural elements – including arches and keystone, column capital and base, balustrade, windows and doors – were kept intact through careful repair.

Warm sepia tones and hand-finished details provide a touch of romance and timelessness.

Details below
https://sgmark.org/project-description/?id=203

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2020.08.31

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.

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2020.06.24

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.

 

photo:Forward Stroke inc.

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2020.06.02

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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2020.05.15

KKS INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD. Office Removal Notice (From May 25, 2020)

Please be informed that we will move to our new office as below stated
address with effective from 25th May, 2020.

New Office Address: Unit B, 9/F, Lippo Leighton Tower,
103 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong
Tel No.: (852) 2573-0820
Fax No.: (852) 2573-1028
E-mail: kksint@kks.com.hk
Web: www.kkstokyo.co.jp

All telephone and fax numbers will remain unchanged.
Please update your record.

Yours faithfully,
KKS International Co., Ltd.

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2020.05.07

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

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2020.01.29

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.

photo:Forward Stroke inc.

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2019.10.15

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.

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2019.07.31

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.

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