Thatch work: Market and hotel reflect local history

02 : 10 : 2012 Heritage : Building : Vacation

Yusuhara, Japan – Architecture practice Kengo Kuma and Associates has created the Yusuhara Marche market and hotel, which reference the heritage of the surrounding area with Revivalist building materials.

Historically, the town has provided Chado, or resting places for travellers, which functioned as places of respite and culture, and offered free green teas. To chime with this history, the architects used the same thatch and logs that were used to build Chado.

Using traditional materials is a great way to immerse the building in the culture of the local area, giving the hotel and market a potent sense of identity. For more on how to adopt this approach in your products, read our Revivalism toolkit

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