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Sen. Retreat Takahara

Sen. Retreat Takahara

Architect
Coil Kazuteru Matumura Architects
Location
Tanabe, Wakayama, Japan | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Private Houses
Keishiro Yamada YFT

Sen Retreat Takahara

Coil Kazuteru Matumura Architects as Architects

This site is located on Kumano Kodo road in Wakayama. The area is listed as a world heritage site and is surrounded by beautiful nature. The partially demolished existing buildings were originally used as an atelier and a house. It is now converted into a hostel.

 

It consists of three buildings; a main building used as a reception and common space, a second building used as a shower facility and a third building used for guest rooms. As for the exterior, while utilizing parts of the existing building materials, it is also newly covered by local Kishu cedar boards that will, overtime, weather naturally to give it a more rustic and rugged look which aligns with the ancient road of Kumano Kodo.

 

It consists of three buildings; a main building used as a reception and common space, a second building used as a shower facility and a third building used for guest rooms. As for the exterior, while utilizing parts of the existing building materials, it is also newly covered by local Kishu cedar boards that will, overtime, weather naturally to give it a more rustic and rugged look which aligns with the ancient road of Kumano Kodo.

 

Finally, this all connects to simple Japanese style guest rooms equipped with a bathroom and sink. These dots connect a line where guests flow naturally to enhance and promote social interactions. In terms of the design, despite using entirely natural wood, it does not have the feel of an old fashioned log house.

 

There are sharp details from the plywood and cedar to balance this feeling. We will continue to use the brand of 「 SEN. RETOREAT 」in the future by developing other hospitality sites, focusing mainly on accommodations, along the ancient road of Kumano Kodo, thus creating a place where more dots become connected by lines and locals become connected with visitors pilgrimaging at this beautiful historical area.

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