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Suppose Design Office transforms three-room concrete house in Nagasaki into hotel with ripped-apart balcony

February 9, 2021

Suppose Design Office has transformed a 1980s house built with reinforced concrete into the three-room Suo Hotel on Fukue Island, the largest island in the southern tip of the Goto Islands, located in the west of Nagasaki Prefecture. The hotel is located in an upscale area with a coffee shop next to it and restaurants and shopping streets around it.

The hotel is located near a harbour where you can hear the foghorns of ships sailing past, and the presence of nature on the island can be experienced vividly. It is a small island that has prospered through the mixing of various foreign cultures through trade since ancient times.

The idea was not to create something new but to coexist in harmony with what was there. By removing the finishes from the building and cutting out the openings in a sculptural, irregular way, the architect was able to blur the boundaries between inside and outside, effectively drawing the outside in. The design team tried to create a contrast between the luxe beauty and the solid interior finishes, the strong and rough expression of the building frame that reflects in the raw concrete finish, as well as natural materials such as rattan and sisal.

Project details:

  • Architects: Suppose Design Office
  • Area: 152m²
  • Year of completion: 2020
  • Photographs: Kenta Hasegawa
  • Manufacturers: Vectorworks, IOC, MANAS TRADING, PACIFIC HOUSE TEXTILE, Tachikawa, Trimble Navigation, avelco
  • Client: ABUNZE Company Limited
  • Lead architect: Makoto Tanijiri, Ai Yoshida, Yuki Moriya
  • Design team: KAMO CRAFT, Filaments, solso
  • City: Goto, Nagasaki

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