After 10 years of working in tandem with decorator Rémi Tessier, the "Shinmonzen Dori" hotel opened in December 2021 giving way to a secret location in Kyoto city, Japanese city in the Kansai region, in the center of Honshū.
This new hotel is the work of the contemporary architect Tadao Ando. Built in a traditional and preserved area by the city of KyotoIl, the Shinmonzen offers a unique experience by creating a fusion between the old and the new. Specifically, on the outside, this hotel boasts a classic facade featuring wooden slats as well as Kawara tiles, not far from suspecting any modern design inside.
The architect's wish was to keep the traditional look as well as the essence of Kyoto city while offering a unique and complete sensory experience.
Inside, the hotel plunges you into a futuristic atmosphere with a long corridor as a welcome, lined with raw concrete on one side and vertical wooden slats on the other. The decorator Rémi Tessier reveals a furniture in the air of time by associating the design of the east and the west.
Tadao Ando's goal was to strike a balance between an exterior that respects its surroundings and an interior that evokes Europe.
Indeed, at the urging of hotelier Paddy McKellen, who also owns Villa la Coste in Provence, Ando alludes to to the villa being "little sister" to the Shinmonzen, which can be seen in subtly shared design details. European influences are evident in silver door handles made in France and Italian bedding.
The hotel was built from scratch, designed by architect Tadao Ando and conceived by hotelier Paddy McKillen. As you can see, the theme of the hotel is based on travel, both between the past and the present, but also between several countries from which he drew his inspiration. Ando describes the hotel as representing "a nuanced fusion of past, present and future.
The hotel offers nine spacious and contemporary suites, with western-style beds or low futons on tatami. Each has a private balcony overlooking the Shirakawa River, considered the most beautiful body of water in Kyoto.
In keeping with its European DNA, you'll find an epic collection of contemporary art such as Louise Bourgeois' "Pink Days", a companion painting by Damien Hirst or Yoon-Young Hur's moon pots in the first floor lobby.
A space that caters to the desires of the modern traveler, the shinmonzen is expected to open a restaurant as well as a patisserie and spa within the year.
So, who will be the next to want to make this great journey?