In Horai, Architect Kengo Kuma was chosen to design a traditional Japanese Onsen, a term for hot springs in the Japanese language. As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen scattered along its length and breadth. Onsen were traditionally used as public bathing places and today play a central role in directing Japanese domestic tourism.
Horai Onsen Bath House technical information
- Architects : Kengo Kuma & Associates | Kengo Kuma Bibliography
- Typology : Hospitality / Public Bath
- Location : 750-6 Izusan, Atami-shi, Shizuoka, Japan
- Project year : 2003
- Osen Area : 58.5 m2
- Evocative topics: Nature
- Images : © Daici Ano
It is my mission to use the kindness and delicateness that old architecture had. I believe that this mission is not easy to complete. So I am planning to work until I fall down.
– Kengo Kuma
Horai Onsen Bath House Photographs
Description by Kengo Kuma Architects
This is an outdoor bath with a roof for one of the leading hot spring inns in Japan that is located on a large slope in Atami overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The area where you take off your clothes, washing area and spa were planned in a continuous linear orientation on a long thin site on the cliff. The entire floor was covered with Japanese cypress boards, and the light corrugated plastic roof is supported by 60mm square steel posts.
A transparent roof and cypress were used in order to recreate the tradition of wooden structures in Japan in a contemporary manner.