Situated on Midosuji Boulevard, a new 27-story landmark high-rise, designed by Nikken Sekkei and with a Tadao Ando supervised facade, is the home of Japan’s first W Hotel. Don’t be deceived by its simple black monolith design – inside hides a world of extravagance! Its interior is inspired by the many facets of the city, welcoming guests to experience Osaka, through the eyes of concrete.
▼酒店入口，arrival © marriott international
抵达酒店 | The arrival
The “wow” experience begins as you enter the long arrival tunnel from the main Midōsuji Boulevard entrance. Inspired by delicate blossoms and the fine art of origami, more than 3000 circles were laser cut into sturdy metal and folded randomly. The lights behind the abstract blossom change colors with the 4 seasons and shift in intensity from daytime to night – creating an otherworldly portal into the world of W Osaka. The Osaka experience proceeds in the arrival lobby. Here, the asanoha pattern was the inspiration behind the ceiling, flooring and staircase. A simple yet bold ceiling uses a scaled-up, 3D version of this traditional geometric pattern – which is reflected in the pattern on the granite flooring, in 6 dark grey shades.
▼入口隧道，he long arrival tunnel © marriott international
▼入口隧道通向大厅，arrival tunnel leading to the lobby © marriott international
社交中心：客厅和酒吧 | The social heart – living room & bar
In a standard hotel, the first thing guests see is the check-in counter. Instead, when exiting the lift, W Osaka guests immediately see the bar, the social heart of the hotel. To connect and separate the spaces that serve the W Osaka guests on this floor – like an endless shoji screen– a continuous white, sheer curtain with sharp origami-style pleats flows from here to there and around again.
▼酒吧和客厅区域，living room and bar © marriott international
Guests are welcome to relax (and people-watch) in the hotel’s Living Room – half indoors, and half outdoors. Above the indoors lounge floats a wild cloud of rectangular lamps, hanging vertically and horizontally, at various heights. White zigzag “neon” lights shine through the translucent acrylic forms, in a desaturated homage to Osaka’s electric nightlife scenery.
▼从室内客厅望向室外，view towards the terrace from the indoor lounge © marriott international
oh.lala…餐厅 | Restaurant oh.lala…
The interior design for this French themed bistro-diner draws its inspiration from traditional copper pots and pans, as well as the typical Breton blue and white striped shirt. Along the wall stainless steel shelves are styled with unique porcelain objects decorated in blue dots – combining traditional French shapes & colors with the circle obsession of W Osaka. Adding sparkle from above, are clouds of small ball pendant lights, suspended at different heights within the waves of the curtain.
▼餐厅，dining area © marriott international
▼whatever / whenever公共区域，whatever / whenever public area © marriott international
WET露台、酒吧和庭院 | The WET deck, bar & courtyard
Inspired by the Japanese love for nature, the WET area is characterised by smooth walls and round corners. The endless line of the horizon is the simplest abstraction of nature. This line becomes a playful element connecting all the spaces on this floor, as a chrome horizon flows along the walls. Each area has its own character – color-coded in shades of green, grey, blue or pink tiling – defining the space’s function. Open to the elements, with views of sky, W Osaka’s WET courtyard is an oasis, with live planting trailing down the walls of the atrium.
▼WET庭院酒吧，WET courtyard bar © marriott international
From its elevated position on the horizon line, the pool forms a blue backdrop to this area. Directly adjacent to the courtyard, guests can grab a cocktail at the WET bar.
▼WET游泳池，WET pool © marriott international
客房 | The guest rooms
The color theme of the guest rooms alternates per floor, between sakura pink and blue – allowing guests to choose the color they prefer. The rooms consist of an open plan, with the living room, sleeping zone and bathroom separated by a contemporary glass shoji screen. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in natural light and amazing views of the city. A wall made of grey tinted 2-way mirrors conceals an ‘escape’ lighting feature. When turned on, it transforms the room with dramatic pink or blue diagonal stripes, inspired by Osaka’s neon. Another surprise is locked away behind the walnut doors of the closets. Famous for their gamer’s pixel art, eBoy graphic designers created a “pixorama” of Osaka, filled to the brim with the city’s famous landmarks in full pixilated color.
▼Extreme Wow套房入口区域，Extreme Wow suite entrance area © marriott international
▼Extreme Wow套房，Extreme Wow suite © marriott international
▼Extreme Wow套房卧室，Extreme Wow suite bedroom © marriott international
▼Extreme Wow套房浴室，Extreme Wow suite bathroom © marriott international
▼标准客房，guestroom © marriott international
▼客房细节，guestroom detail © marriott international
▼客房吧台，guestroom bar © marriott international
▼健身房，fit room © marriott international
Project: W Osaka
Client & ownership: Sekisui House
Hotel operator: Marriott International
Project location: Osaka
Project team: Rob Wagemans, Bart de Beer, Julia Hundermark, Sofie Ruytenberg, Cathelijne Vreugdenhil, Femke Zumbrink, Marlou Spierts, Sylvie Meuffels, Rene Kroondijk, Erik van Dillen, Valentina Venturi, Petra Moerbeek, Minouk Balster