On 7th February 2014, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, was opened on the banks of the Kamogawa River, a location with a panoramic view of the Higashiyama Mountains.
Hiroaki Otani, who was in charge of the hotel’s design, represents the design team in speaking about the concept and work that went into the construction of this hotel
Building a hotel in a place of cultural traditions
We wanted to communicate an air of beauty
This air is expressed most notably in the border areas straddling the exterior and interior of the building. For instance, in the intricate details of the balustrade surrounding the building, the thin concrete soffits, and the slight upward curvature at the edge of the eaves. These elements compose the building and maintain a fine sense of tension. We succeeded in creating an architectural expression that can only be found in Japan by mobilizing the full skills of Japan’s superb tradesmen.
Communicating a unique culture only found here
A hotel that is worthy of representing Kyoto and Japan