ºC (Do-C) Ebisu by Schemata Architects

Sauna and sleep

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℃ (Do-C)是“9h”(九小时)公司在东京都最新推出的胶囊酒店。虽然9h的宗旨是通过整体化的设计为当代胶囊酒店赋予崭新形象,但在℃ (Do-C)的项目中,他们决定采用一种完全不同的策略:在旧胶囊酒店的基础上打造新的空间。设计团队试图通过改造酒店内部及周围的环境,使既有的胶囊酒店呈现出完全不同的气质。

▼酒店外观,exterior view

“℃ (Do-C)” is a new business launched by nine hours, a company running a capsule hotel chain “9h (nine hours)” in the Tokyo metropolitan area. While the 9h hotels offer a new image of a contemporary capsule hotel by completely redesigning and building new capsules from scratch, the company decided to take a different approach in designing ℃ and asked us to renovate an existing capsule hotel. Our design aims to eradicate the image of the old capsule hotel by changing the interior and surroundings, while keeping the existing capsules as they are.

▼胶囊空间概览,capsule hotel interior view


The color of the existing capsules –– an old-fashioned beige reminiscent of the retro design period –– was rather difficult to handle, but we intentionally used it as a base color for the interior to eradicate the impression of the existing capsules. In Japan, people often stereotypically associate capsule hotels with saunas due to the conventional style of capsule hotels in the past. The existing building was actually not equipped with saunas, but we intentionally recreated the stereotypical image by adding saunas there, while eradicating the conventional impression, to establish a powerful combination of capsules and saunas representing the identity of ℃.

▼胶囊房,Capsule Rooms


The sauna was originally imported from Finland to Japan, which later evolved locally and a distinct combination of the sauna and cold bath for cooling down was established. Cooling down process is very important when using a sauna. Here shower faucets called “Warm Pillar” (manufactured by TOTO) with a temperature controlling function are used for cooling down.

▼桑拿接待区,sauna reception


▼降温室,cool down room


The method called “löyly”, which is common in Finland, is adopted to create authentic saunas. The space connecting the shower room and the sauna area is entirely finished with clear FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) from floor to wall to ceiling for waterproofing.

▼淋浴间,shower room

▼墙面和天花板以纤维增强塑料铺设, the connecting area is entirely finished with clear FRP from wall to ceiling for waterproofing

▼桑拿室内部,sauna room interior view


In addition, the existing surface finishes on the stairs in front of the building were completely removed to expose the structural members, which were then repainted with anti-corrosive paint for maintenance. The entire building was also painted in the same color as the anti-corrosive paint, which was designated as the signature color.

▼电梯厅,elevator hall

▼衣帽间,storage room


▼更衣室,changing room

▼平面图,floor plans

Title: ºC (Do-C) Ebisu
Architects:Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects
Project team:Ryosuke Yamamoto, Matthieu Darcourt
Address:1-8-1 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Usage: Capsule Hotel
Thermarivm Co., Ltd.
Hiromura Design Office
Design Studio S
site area: 125.122㎡
building area: 105.287㎡
total floor area: 726.163㎡
Structure: steel
Completion: December, 2017
photographer: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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