With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics creeping closer, a cache of hotels is opening in the city to house this anticipated flood of visitors. But not all are new – some are reviving defunct landmarks in the Japanese capital, like K5 Hotel which transforms a 1920s bank.
Stockholm practice Claesson Koivisto Rune designed the 20-room boutique hotel, which and includes a restaurant, coffee shop, bar and beer hall. Following the theme of ‘nature in the city’, interiors blend Eastern and Western influences and are designed to ‘stimulate the five senses.’
Spaces have natural fibres, Shoji-inspired windows, bespoke wooden furniture and a moody, organically-inspired colour palette. Traces of the building’s banking past are integrated into its adaptive reuse, with concrete flooring supplemented by Japanese coverings and parquet.
Meanwhile, Switch coffee bar has raw walls softened offset by hundreds of verdant plants to create a micro-jungle.
K5’s Caveman restaurant – a new outpost by the team behind Tokyo’s Kabi – and Ao bar are also of note: the latter’s hedonistic design combines a library salon with a Kabutocho bar that pays homage to Eiichi Shibusawa, the ‘Father of Japanese Capitalism.’
Bedrooms – which start from around $200 per night – are surprisingly spacious for Tokyo standards, ranging from 20-80 sq m. That’s bigger than many apartments in the vertical city.