‘The hotel is a meeting between east and west through a love of the handcrafted,’ explains Roman Alonso, principal of LA-based Commune Design who masterminded the design, via Zoom. He cites Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Ruth Asawa as inspiration. ‘Ace is not a minimal brand. It likes a layered and informed environment. It’s not about being chic, it’s about personality.’
Centre stage is Kuma’s renovation of a 1926 building by modernist master Tetsuro Yoshida – a rare monolith of brickwork, high ceilings and arced windows, formerly home to Kyoto Central Telephone Office. Kuma also added a new building with an angular gridded façade, an abstract modern take on Kyoto’s traditional machiya townhouses, made from oxidized iron mixed with precast concrete panels.Wallpaper
I know where I want to stay next time I am in Kyoto.