Ecotone Hotel In Biwako

Sound of wind hotel by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects.

Ecotone Hotel In Biwako

The Setre Marina Hotel located in Moriyama City, Shiga Prefecture looking at the Lake Biwa, is not only in the center area of the community but also pretends to be its catalyzer for its creation.

"Therefore we thought how trough design Future constructions could be operated, leading to construction and reconstruction of projects that besides having technology and materials that dwell in nature and history of the city, they would connect people to this concept of natural life and style. The transition area between the lake and the land and urban area, we can find a variety of changes caused by the development of the 20th century where even the seawall has lost its original shape. In the land endorheic bodies of water left by the transformation of the lake links the city and the Biwa lake from its ancient Times to the present day, connecting people with nature."

We tried to as the project developed, to apply the concept of ecotone and blend the building within it. Created through rainwater, two small inner lakes surge like a site-specific biotope ecology in the east and west side, the intension, to create dwells that connect with the natural ecotone of the site, in the east side, planted woodlands nurture, in hopes that in the Future it would become a forest, the building in the meantime as interrupted gradations, between the natural and the structure that identifies the building as architecture, as an object.

"Folded plate like slabs are supported by the oblique pillars aiming at the effect of space where structural beams are not to be seen, creating in its platform a place to grow eaves that also extends to create a green platform controlling in this way solar radiation, this slabs shape can only then be perceived in the spaces below where is exposed into the interior space. The building, surrounded by its slabs that are like platforms becomes surrounded continuously by nature. As a result of thinking, wind from Lake Biwa to go through the interior space, and are arranged side by side in succession in the north-south, while changing the angle of the wall of the strip extending from east to west."

In addition to the architectural structure made of reinforced concrete, it is explored the idea of an unfinished material that has been industrialized, also trying to use as much as possible the natural materials that can be Collected in the region, inheriting traditional methods, technologies and traditions of past Japan, then applying them in contemporary architecture.

"The idea of a chapel associated with the Hotel. It is assumed a space filled with strong natural wind blowing from Lake Biwa. Therefore, we seek to make the project as an instrument played by the natural wind, a stringed instrument like the one present in Greek mythology, the god of the wind Aeolus blows the wind, we, the presence of the Aeolian harp that tuneful this time I know. This is an interpretation of the Aeolian Harp, a space that plays sound when the wind passes through."

photo© Kaori Ichikawa

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