Hoshinoya Tokyo Spa Hotel by Rie Azuma Reinvents The Traditional Japanese Ryokan

In the entrance to the Hoshinoya Tokyo hotel by Azuma Architect & Associates, cubbies made from chestnut and bamboo invite guests to remove their shoes. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

The entrance's tatami matting was woven from rushes. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Tea ceremonies take place in the library, which also contains books. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

In lieu of curtains, guest rooms have shoji sliding screens in chestnut and paper. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

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Yamagiwa Corp.: Task Lamp

At 20 feet long, the reception area's painted desk had to be prefabricated in four pieces. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Terra-cotta tile clads the light well above the spa's hot-spring bath. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Resin-baked aluminum screens wrap the 18-story tower. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Each guest level has a lounge with a custom smoked-chestnut table and chairs. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

A shower area with cypress stools allows guests to wash before entering the hot-spring bath. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

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Toto: Shower Fittings 

In a guest corridor, a strip of the chestnut floor remains bare to accommodate rolling suitcases. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Traditional plaster, mixed with compressed earth, covers sidewalls in the restaurant's vestibule. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Soaking tubs in guest rooms are cast acrylic. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

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To build the reception desk for the spa, segments of the trunks of Japanese cypresses were glued together. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Weight-distribution elements prevent the guest rooms' custom sofas and tables from damaging the tatami matting. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

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