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UNPLAN Kagurazaka

Designed by tokyo-based architecture practice Aida Atelier, Located in the heart of Kagurazaka, our hostel UNPLAN brings to you a space where anyone can sit back and relax, whether they are new to, revisiting, or residing in Japan. Featuring modern dorm rooms with 78 beds, one family room with two bunk beds, in addition to two private rooms with a balcony.

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“Lovers of travel, the overseas, and Japan. To those who cherish their once-in-a-lifetime encounters, and those who prefer “journeys” to “travel,” why not give the “UNPLAN” experience a try?” – UNPLAN

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“Our aim was to simply insert elements for accommodation in furniture form into a rather banal looking building. As the result, the façade with a large glass opening is characterized with a series of cubic wood bunk beds facing the street. The design intention of these bunk beds was to create a minimal yet fully comfortable and private environment for guests. The lobby area is welcomed by a giant table around the central column which stands out as a signage for the hostel. This table serves as a reception, a concierge desk, and also as a café table, replacing a traditional reception counter.” – Aida Atelier

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Aida Atelier:

UNPLAN Kagurazaka is a newly opened hostel in central Tokyo, built to accommodate various guests such as international backpackers and domestic business travellers. The hostel houses 78 bunker styled beds and three fully enclosed rooms along with an open lounge and other supporting functions.

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As the sole tenant of this new three-story building, our aim was to simply insert elements for accommodation in furniture form into a rather banal looking building. As the result, the façade with a large glass opening is characterized with a series of cubic wood bunk beds facing the street.

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The design intention of these bunk beds was to create a minimal yet fully comfortable and private environment for guests. While natural light and views to the streets are provided, each guest is able to control the level of privacy by using the curtain of each unit. Each bed is also equipped with a headboard containing a security box, a lighting fixture for both direct and ambient lightings, and an electrical outlet.

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The lobby area is welcomed by a giant table around the central column which stands out as a signage for the hostel. This table serves as a reception, a concierge desk, and also as a café table, replacing a traditional reception counter. This eliminates any sense of boundary between the host and guests, promoting the social interaction within the hostel.

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As its name suggests, this hostel hopes to become a place with unplanned encounters between the travelers and with the local community.

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Project Data:

Project name: UNPLAN Kagurazaka
Location: 23-1 Tenjincho Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 162-0808 Japan
Coordinates: 35.705010, 139.731296
Type: Hostel, Hostel Interior
Accommodations/Hotel Size: Rooms: 7 rooms (4 bunk bed dormitories, 2 double rooms, 1 family room) / Capacity: 78 persons
Project Area: 570 sqm

  • Site Area: 359.78 sqm
  • Building Area: 202.65 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 570.57 sqm (F1: 199.50 sqm / F2: 199.50 sqm / F3: 171.57 sqm)
  • Terrace Area: 137.50 sqm (F1: 11.92 sqm / F3: 27.93 sqm / Roof: 97.65 sqm)

Status: Built, Completed, Ongoing
Completion: 2016
Visit UNPLAN Kagurazaka’s Website: here

Awards:

  • 2017 – INSIDE World Festival of Interiors Awards – Category: Hotels – Finalist
  • 2016 – Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association (JCD design awards) – Silver Award

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: FIKA
Architects:

  • Aida Atelier – 9 Benten-chou, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0851, JAPAN

Interior Architect: Tomoro Aida / Aida Atelier

Engineers:

  • MEP Engineer: RS Setsubi Kikaku

Consultants:

  • Lighting Design: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design
  • Curtain: Yoko Ando Design
  • Sign Graphic: INSENSE
  • Plants: Kojien

Selected suppliers & subcontractors, Manufacturers:

  • Manufacturers: Toto, Spiritual Mode, Sangetsu, Nostamo, DAIKIN, Sanwa company
  • Interior: Benefit Line
  • Bunk beds: Aoki Kagu Atelier

Text Description: © Courtesy of Aida Atelier
Images: © Aida Atelier, Tatsuya Noaki

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