The Amanemu Resort in Ise Shima National Park, Japan is a fascinating hotel project by Kerry Hill. The Australian architect, recently passed away, was an expert in hotel design in tropical Asia, dedicating a big part of his life studying and applying the architectural traditions of the East.
Forming part of luxury hotel brand Aman, Amanemu takes hints from traditional Japanese ryokan, comprising a series of pavilion structures, housing 24 suites and 4 villas – each with a private hot spring bath.
Olivier Jolivet, Aman group CEO, once said that the onsen resort offers ‘an enriching, holistic experience that is very much centered on wellness and tradition’. The design draws on Japan’s historical Minka homes, featuring low-slung tiled roofs and dark-stained cedar exteriors. Interiors are dotted with woven textiles, wooden sliding doors and screens, handcrafted using the Kumiko technique dating back to the 7th century.
Led by a classical Japanese aesthetic, Amanemu’s Suites and Villas are featured with natural materials and large glass windows, with woven textile and wood sliding shutters that open to embrace the natural surroundings. All the furniture, including sofas and white oak coffee tables, were custom-made for the resort. In the bathroom, deep stone tubs offer a private onsen experience, with the taps drawing water from nearby hot springs.
“We reference past building traditions through suggestion and association rather than replication, and through the reinterpretation of indigenous building forms as opposed to mimicry. We prefer to build upon what is there and to contemporise our understanding of what it can be. I think of it as being current, but filtered through a sieve of traditional values. In this way it is familiar to people, but not quite the same. It is new, but connected to the past—hopefully in spirit, at least.”
Source: Yellow Trace