YABO VIEW 丨Ace Hotel The fusion and collision of Eastern and Western cultures

YABO VIEW 丨Ace Hotel The fusion and collision of Eastern and Western cultures

As we all know,2020 is a special year. Because of the COVID-19, tourism around the world has largely ground to a halt. In this time, the hotel industry has also been badly affected. But it is worth saying that the hotel industry may see the light after the epidemic. Because national lockdown and quarantines have been going on for months, and the desire to travel is likely to grow during the period of isolation at home.   

The Ace Hotel in Kyoto, which is a new work by international architect Kengo Kuma who worked closely with Yabo before, was designed in collaboration with Commune Design Studio in Los Angeles, which was the designer of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium. This International project has attracted great attention in the hotel industry. 

This new Ace hotel in Kyoto has 213 rooms. The hotel is designed around the aesthetic concept of “ the blend of the East and West. This idea makes the West culture of the brand perfectly blend with the traditional culture and creative spirit of Kyoto. Ace hotel collected a lot of art and design works by Japanese and American artists, which becomes a feature of the Ace hotel in Kyoto. In Ace hotel, tourists and locals can feel the combination of the East and West cultures here. This is also a major design concept of the Ace Hotel in Kyoto, make here to become a blend culture center.   

The Kyoto Ace Hotel is Ace Group's first joint venture in Asia. Japan has been the focus of the Ace Hotel brand since its launch 21 years ago. As Ace Hotels Group President Brad Wilson says: Kyoto is a city highly regarded for its rich creative culture, arts, crafts, and pursuit of beauty; Ace Hotel is going to have a different flavor here. In Kyoto where has rich culture, Ace hotel pays homage to its cultural status through design and cultural plan, as well as integrating Kyoto’s past and future through the architecture.   

Ace is a historical meaning design hotel. This new hotel is actually a furbished building. The hotel's predecessor was the Central Telephone Company in Kyoto, where was designed by Japanese modernist master Tetsuro Yoshida in 1926. In this hotel project, it was furnished by our familiar Master Kengo Kuma. The hotel is in an excellent location. The hotel is directly connected to a large underground shopping mall where is connected to the subway. What's more, the location of The Kyoto Ace Hotel is only one step away from the Jin Market, The Kyoto Museum, the Kyoto Art Center, and other cultural treasures. In this way, Kyoto Ace hotel is seamlessly integrated with the whole city, no matter from a historical perspective or from a geographical perspective.     

The interior design of the Kyoto Ace Hotel adopts a blend of Eastern and Western craft concepts. The principal of the Commune Studio Roman Alonso said: The fascination with handwork was deeply shared by Commune Studio, Ace, and Kengo Kuma, so we all very supported this idea from the start. Influenced by Japanese-American artists Isamu Noguchi, Ruth Asawa and George Nakashima, as well as western artist Charlotte Perriand's work during the Japanese period, Commune Studio used traditional Japanese materials such as Tamo wood, hand plow, tatami, and woven bamboo in its design, as well as drawing inspiration from the hills and gardens around the city to come up with some particularly interesting color combinations. Roman said, these combinations of colors found in the beautiful garden create an extremely harmonious blend of vibrant colors and muted tones within the interior. 

Traditional Japanese decorations and colors are combined graphically on the wallboard. The geometric designs on carpets and textiles were exceptionally bold. The graphic tone of the whole project was designed by legendary Japanese dyeing artist Samiro Yunoki, who is 98. Roman said: We are so lucky that we can meet this legendary color artist at an early stage of the design process and had the pleasure of working with him. Samiro Yunoki's work brings vivid and innocent energy to the whole project, which is also very much in line with the hotel's concept, which is very Oriental as we expected."  

Not only that, but Samira also borrows traditional batik techniques to create its own logo and specific fonts for the hotel. He prints bold patterns on handmade paper to create a unique work that blends folk craftsmanship with local art, making his work perfectly in line with the concept of the hotel. 

Kyoto Ace Hotel also has a large feature. In the hotel, there has a lot of collections of art and crafts which were created by Japanese and American artists and artisans. A large textile designed by the Shobu Gakuen artists' group in Kagoshima hangs above the check-in desk, and also collected the Neon art  Neon art which was created by Nobuhiko Kitamura, which was founded by the street fashion label Hysteric Glamour. Not only that, but the sculptural tiles placed in the gallery and bar were also created by Shigaraki artists; More impressively, the works of Samiro designer can be seen everywhere in the hotel, and the whole hotel is full of artistic atmosphere.

In addition to the public areas of the hotel, the items placed in the guest rooms are also eye-catching. The guest room has the original artwork by Samiro, custom-made blankets by Pendelton, a TEAC film disc player, Gibson guitars, and Ace Hotel artifacts. Kyoto Ace hotel has 213 guest rooms, there are not only vintage luxury rooms, suites with private balconies, and even luxury suites with separate restaurants, bars, and living rooms, the hotel has a variety of room types, which can meet the different housing needs of guests at the time of check-in. 

Besides, the restaurant in Kyoto Ace hotel is not slouched. There are three restaurants in the hotel, all of which are headed by top chefs from the United States. Even within the hotel, you can enjoy top food. On the second floor are the PIOPIKO cocktail bar and Taco restaurant. On the top floor is Mr. Maurice's Italian restaurant. It was started by top American chef Marc Vetri and features pasta and charcoal-grilled pizza. The all-day restaurant serving classic American cuisine will soon open where the chef is an award-winning Naomi Pomeroy from Oregon. Dining here, you can not only enjoy the top food but also enjoy the beautiful Japanese garden in the hotel.

In the hotel, from the first cup of coffee in the morning to the dinner and the late-night wine drink, Kyoto Ace hotel serves guests throughout the day, letting them not feel boring also in the hotel.

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