Esashi Ryotei Kuki designed by Nakayama Architects is located in Esashi, Japan. Located on a seaside field surrounded by arid landscape with landfill fields and exposed to strong,almost constant winds, the hotel was conceived as a sequence of protected inside spaces from which to contemplate the exterior. To reinforce the idea of the rooms as protected outdoor-viewing devices,we created projecting low windows of exaggerated depth.7 rooms are completely protected by concrete high walls.
The hotel is built of a wood structure almost entirely except for the concrete base and walls. For the facades,local wood and stones were used in order to meet budgetary and time constraints. The hotel recalls local contemporary piscatorial constructions such as sheds and fisherman house. The interiors and the landscape seek to bring the dweller close to the austere rural character of the surroundings by providing simple,generous and silent spaces.