Garden Terrace Miyazaki by
Kengo Kuma and Associates

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Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a hotel in Miyazaki where guest rooms and dining areas surround a central courtyard and wedding chapel (+ slideshow).

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Located on the site of a former factory, Garden Terrace Miyazaki comprises a single two-storey building that features bamboo-clad walls and a large sloping roof with overhanging eaves.

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

A faceted timber canopy shelters the entrance to the hotel, leading through to a reception where guests are faced with a view of the courtyard.

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma and Associates designed this space as a "calm and tranquil environment", where a landscape of bamboo trees and pools of water provide a scenic setting to the glazed wedding chapel at its centre.

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Restaurants and event rooms surround the other sides of the courtyard, while guest rooms are located on the first floor.

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma has completed several projects in recent months, including a timber-clad primary school in Tokyo, an installation of stone and water in Milan and an experimental house in Hokkaidō. See more architecture by Kengo Kuma.

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Photography is by Fujinari Miyazaki.

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Here's a short description from Kengo Kuma and Associates:


Garden Terrace Miyazaki

The hotel was built at a vast site near JR Miyazaki station, where a factory once stood. Around it houses and aparrments spread in no particular order.

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Facilities of the hotel - guest rooms, banquet room and restaurants are arranged to circle the courtyard.

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Loosely sloped roof came out as the result of each function underneath. It wraps the entire building - two-storey structure under the deep eaves.

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Bamboo is planted and water is laid out in and out of the hotel and its courtyard, providing a calm and tranquil environment that stretches even to the residential area.

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Completion: September 2012
Main use: hotel
Total floor area: 4562.04 sqm

Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Site plan - click for larger image
Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Ground and first floor plans - click for larger image
Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Sections - click for larger image
Garden Terrace Miyazaki by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Elevations - click for larger image
  • Colonel Pancake

    I often get the sense that Kuma is just doing a bit too much with his designs; the primary example in this project being the walls of the dining hall with their unrefined pattern of…whatever those things are.

  • Nee-nah

    Not too shabby.