Hostel in Kyonan by
Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

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Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Five wooden cabins fan out around a site on Tokyo Bay to form this capsule accommodation by Japanese office Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Located on the east coast of the bay in Kyonan, the hostel was designed by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects as five rectilinear wooden buildings with grey-painted exteriors and exposed timber interiors.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Three of the buildings accommodate guest facilities, including bathrooms, communal kitchen and dining areas, plus large Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats across the floor.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Compact bedrooms occupy the other two buildings and are stacked up on two storeys to make room for 12 in each block.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

"All the rooms have a view of the Tokyo Bay, each one becoming a space like a ship's cabin," says Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Each of the eleven-metre-long containers has a timber frame and follows similar dimensions to a shipping container to allow it to fit onto a freight truck. "The client requested guest units that had the possibility of future relocation or addition," explain the architects.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

A car park is positioned behind the buildings, but could provide space for three extra buildings in the future.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects previously designed a holiday home that looks like a children's shape-sorter toy.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Other capsule accommodation to feature on Dezeen include the Sleepbox Hotel filled with portable sleeping capsules and a six-bed dorm by Atelier Van Lieshout.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Photography is by Yasutaka Yoshimura.

Here are some extra details from the architects:


Hostel in Kyonan
2012 / Chiba Japan / Hostel

This private training center has 2 capsule-hotel and 3 tatami-style buildings. They are positioned with various angles of axis and all the rooms have a view of the Tokyo Bay, each one becoming a space like a ship's cabin.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

The client requested guest units that had the possibility of future relocation or addition. While clearing these requirements and in order to ensure the necessary dimension for the bedroom spaces with economy, we utilised a wooden structural frame on a standard freight-truck of adequate dimensions.

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Location: Kyonan, Chiba, Japan
Principal use: hostel
Category: newly built
Structure: timber, 1 storey
Completion date: 2012

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Site area: 1,013.22 sqm
Building area: 149.85 sqm
Total floor area: 149.85 sqm
Structural engineer: ASA
General contractor: Ajiro Koumuten

Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
Site plan - click for larger image
Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
Building type one - click for larger image
Hostel in Kyonan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
Building type two - click for larger image
  • Massimo

    A hostel creepier than the movie! ;-)

  • tim

    Very nice, simple and clear.

  • fabronika

    Boring. Perfect for square-minded people. No creativity, no pulse, ninety degrees of pretentions.

  • http://vivitrip.com Bo @vivitrip.com

    The interior design is great. Love the simplicity. Not that attractive from the outside.