matsumoto honbako book hotel by guess design office
suppose design office completed ‘matsumoto honbako’a Spa hotel with 24 rooms which includes open-air baths in all rooms, as well as a library and restaurant. situated in Japan’s city of matsumoto, the renovated the property is a place where past and present intersect. designed as a complex cultural facility, the project focuses on books while retaining elements of the old spa inn, in operation for over 300 years. the hostel’s large banquet hall and communal bath now house a restaurant and library area, where the japanese architecture studio has transformed an old swimming pool into a reading nook surrounded by thousands of books. this area features a red carpet on the floors, which references anti-rust paint and adds warmth to the reinforced concrete interior.
“by creating a space in the bookstore and defining how to spend time there, we eliminated the boundary between books and people’s comings and goings, and considered the relationship between the different elements of accommodation and bookstores” , explains suppose design office.all images courtesy of kenta hasegawa | OFP
A JAPANESE HOTEL where past and present intersect
‘matsumoto honbako’ is set in a native Japanese landscape surrounded by mountains on all sides, as well as a walled city. suppose design office retained the existing concrete skeleton of the old inn, and only removed the layers of thick paint that covered it. reinforced concrete is used throughout the renovated Book Hotel, while its material palette is complete with wood elements, tile, stone, metal, and carpeting. each of the property’s 24 rooms, spread over five floors, has its own open-air bathtub and expansive views of the surroundings. aiming to create a cross between the past and the future, the architects mixed elements of the old onsen ryokan (hot spring inn) with new spatial additions. this is most evident on the ground floor of the hotel, where the bookstore and restaurant have replaced the large public baths and banquet hall. ‘by preserving the memory of the onsen ryokan, we have created a unique experience that does not easily occur in new construction,’ workshop notes.
the existing elements of the spa inn are kept in the renovated space