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Extravagant simplicity – new Osaka hotel draws on diverse city themes

This vibrant hotel design balances the aesthetic of Japanese minimalism with the extravagance of an urban world saturated with colours

The goal is to share the spirit of
The goal is to share the spirit of the city with the guests of W Osaka and let the interior of the hotel tell a story that is truly Osaka – celebrating the opposing, yet complementary forces of extravagance and simplicity.

Designed by Dutch architects Concrete

From the architects:

The busy urban streetscape of Osaka welcomes Concrete's latest interior project: W’s first hotel in Japan. With a total of 337 guest rooms and suites, W Osaka asserts its presence with a 27-storey high-rise building by Nikken and a black monolith facade designed by Tadao Ando.

The hotel was created for Sekisui House and Marriott International, in collaboration with Nikken an Nikken Space Design. 


Storytelling: 'extravagant simplicity'

Concrete’s team of Dutch designers explored Osaka’s past, present, and future, its urban and natural landscapes, and its fascinating culture.

Visually, they discovered that Osaka is water and nature – but also neon and bright colours. Concrete was also struck by the contrast between the aesthetic of Japanese minimalism and the extravagance of an urban world saturated with colours. 

This was especially the case in downtown Osaka and Dotonbori – Osaka’s nightlife district – where the display of flashing neon is breathtakingly vivid and joyful.

A suite in the eye-popping Osaka hotel.
A suite in the eye-popping Osaka hotel.

The goal is to share the spirit of the city with the guests of W Osaka and let the interior of the hotel tell a story that is truly Osaka, essentially celebrating the opposing – yet complementary – forces of extravagance and simplicity.

The sprawling metropolis of Osaka was once the imperial capital of Japan and the country’s economic hub. At its heart, the wide Yodo River flows into a harbour bustling with trade.

Throughout its history, visitors contributed their cultures and technologies to this city – creating a prosperous port with an extroverted, lively, and somewhat rebellious culture.

All of this energy attracts international businesses and visitors and therefore is represented in this design.

The design for the swimming pool facility is
The design for the swimming pool facility is nothing if not colourful.

Credit list

Architects
Developer
Sekisui House
Interior design, signage, styling
Concrete
Project team
Rob Wagemans, Bart de Beer, Julia Hundermark, Sofie Ruytenberg, Cathelijne Vreugdenhil, Femke Zumbrink, Marlou Spierts, Minouk Balster, Valentina Venturi, Petra Moerbeek, Erik van Dillen
Architect of record – facade
Nikken Sekkei with Tadao Ando
Bespoke artworks
eBoy (guestrooms), Sigrid Calon (suites), Lok Jansen (sushi restaurant)

Designed by: Concrete

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Concrete

21 Mar, 2021

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