After a three-year closure, the Palace Hotel Tokyo is back with a contemporary design that reflects both its heritage and its prime location facing the Imperial Palace
In 1961, 5,000 guests from
The new 450-room hotel was applauded for being ultramodern for its time, while also incorporating classic and traditional aesthetics into its interiors. For the first time on a building of this type, more than 1.6 million Shigaraki-yaki tiles produced in the kilns of Shiga prefecture were used on its walls. The Palace Hotel eventually won the Architectural Industry Association Prize in 1963, for successfully harmonising modern architecture with the Japanese aesthetic.
However, half a century after its inauguration, what was then ‘modern’ had become old world grandeur. Closed for three years from 2009, Mitsubishi’s architectural design arm MEC Design, interior designers GA Design International and master plasterer Naoki Kusumi worked together in rebuilding the hotel completely from the ground up, and the result of this ¥90 billion (US$1.2 billion) project was unveiled to public two months ago.
The hotel’s location facing the
“The client’s brief was to produce a memorable hotel that honestly reflects its surroundings and heritage,” says Terry McGinnity, managing director of GA Design International. “The intention is for Palace Hotel to become once again a home away from home in
Read the full story, ‘Built for royalty’, in the August 2012 issue of Perspective magazine!