Kengo Kuma to turn Tetsuro Yoshida-designed building into Ace Hotel Kyoto

Kengo Kuma to transform Tetsuro Yoshida-designed building into Ace Hotel Kyoto.
Ace Hotel Kyoto will embrace the region’s industrial and imperial legacy in a transformed structure from the 1920s. Photo credit: KKAA

Ace Hotels is set to open its first Japanese property next year.

Designed by Tokyo-based architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates, the Ace Hotel Kyoto will reportedly embrace the region’s industrial and imperial legacy in a transformed structure from the 1920s.

Kengo Kuma designed the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center in Tokyo, the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum and the forthcoming Olympic Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Kengo Kuma is known for embracing natural materials and light in his designs.

FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER

Like this story? Subscribe to IHIF!

The hospitality industry turns to IHIF International Hotel Investment News as the must-read source for investment and development coverage worldwide. Sign up today to get inside the deal with the latest transactions, openings, financing, and more delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

For the Ace Hotel Kyoto, the Tetsuro Yoshida-designed red brick building will be modernized with a wooden grid system reminiscent of traditional Kyoto. There will be also fine louvers and meshes serving as environmental devices that filter light and wind.

Kengo Kuma has hired local artists and craftspeople to infuse the hotel with a sense of place. NTT Urban Development Corporation is also involved in the development of the Ace Hotel Kyoto.

Ace Hotel Kyoto will be located near Nishiki Market, Museum of Kyoto and the Kyoto Art Center.

Suggested Articles

“We are strengthening our existing brands and building new ones to appeal to the customer of tomorrow,” President/CEO Pat Pacious said.

The planned acquisition comes on the heels of two other significant investments the hospitality group recently made in Hawaii.

Ridge, Kite and Cloud, developed with partner brand TreCe, each have unique characteristics to accommodate a wide range of environments.