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3 August 2015

Hotel Okura Tokyo, The Lobby, the report about traditional Japanese design in the modern hotel vol. 3, Tokyo, Japan


The signature view of Hotel Okura Tokyo

On this article, I would like to describe about the design of the Lobby of Hotel Okura Tokyo. There is an essence of the design of Hotel Okura Tokyo main building. Light, furniture, lantern, construction of the lobby, Ikebana, time of day and staffs play very important roles at this lobby.

 
The Light is the most important part of this lobby. There are inside light from the lantern and outside light from sunshine. On the daytime, the light from lantern is modest under the sunshine coming through the shoji window. In the evening, the lights from lanterns come into the major role of lighting but cast the soft light on the persons. This view was written as Junichiro Tanizaki`s “In Praise of Shadows” in the modern building. The sun light will also change by season, time of the day or weather. We can have different view at this not large place.

Furniture and lantern of this lobby will welcome to us with the comfortable sofa and lighting. The circle lower table and sofa will make the simple but very haimish atmosphere at the lobby. The Japanese will feel as staying the comfortable sitting room of their house.

The construction of the lobby is well thought out. The height of the roof, connecting corridor and the main lobby space which come down by one step will produce the atmosphere of Japanese traditional verandah space; we call that Engawa in Japanese. On the view from the entrance, we can find the depth of the space but will feel the oppression from the connecting corridor coming from the 6th floor. After passing through the corridor, we will get the huge view of wall-full Shoji view which the corridor had obstructed in high roof main sitting space.
From this picture, you can find the corridor across the photo obstruct our view through the depth.


I would like you to compare the difference of the light at the lobby. The left one was taken on the evening, the right one was taken on the noon. Though the view points were different, you will find which part of the interior will emphasise.



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