8 Jan 2024 By May Ng

Hokkaido | Nozo Hotel

Drawing inspiration from the traditional Japanese plaster technique, ‘Shikkui’, the hotel’s walls embody a stripped back textured aesthetic – a nod to the local construction techniques. Meanwhile, the cosy guestrooms feature an extensive use of wooden elements, with another notable feature being the statement woven headboards that add a touch of cultural richness to the space.

Buna Bar & Lounge is the hotel’s social hub. Its overall ambiance pays tribute to the region’s rich heritage for brewing and distilling. The distillery language is articulated throughout the space with the copper still fireplace, copper bar, as well as raw materials like stems and seeds.

Furano’s natural abundance is also celebrated in the hotel through the textures, honest materials, and natural forms. One striking example is Sugi Spa, which pays homage to the region’s volcanic heritage through its tonality and materiality. The architects also intentionally included a skylight, which not only floods the spa with ample natural light during the day, but also allows the guests to look up on the starlit sky at night – a way to improve the connection between guests and the surrounding landscape.

Family Room