A Whacky Hotel Creating Custom Designed Rooms Depicting Tokyo’s Local Vibe in the Form of Art.
There’s another side to the serene, cherry blossom-filled nature scene in Tokyo and that’s the eclectic, sensory-overload district of Akihabara, where creative collective BnA STUDIO has just opened an art-centric hotel with a vibe that matches the neon scenes from the streets. Following the opening of BnA STUDIO, the Akihabara location explores the Tokyo art scene and further more supports it by implementing a revenue share system that benefits the artists/designers that have played a role in designing the hotel.
There are five livable art rooms, each designed by local Tokyo-based artists and designers.Each room comes with everything you might need for your stay; furnished kitchens, washer/dryer, high-end bathrooms, and Netflix (because why not?). Each time a room is booked, a portion of the revenue goes to the artists that designed the room as a way to create a system that promotes exposure and continual income for the artist.
The RESPONDER room designed by ‘81 Bastards’ features a full 360-degree mural that pays homage to Japanese motifs (like dragons), street art, calligraphy strokes, and ‘ukiyo-e paintings’. The room is both abstract and traditional.
The HAILER room, which is also designed by ‘81 Bastards’ and, as a complete departure from the first room, incorporate street art in a more demure way. The collective updated one of Japan’s most recognizable artworks by Sotatsu Tawaraya’s “Wind God and Thunder God” with street art elements and personal styles.
The ZEN GARDEN room produced by ‘Taku Sato’ and 51.3 G WAVE artists N, Kazuma Ogata and Mitsuko Shimae glows with purple hues as an exaggerated depiction of the juxtaposition of a “Zen Japan” in a modern metropolis city like Tokyo that’s bustling with chaotic energy. Traditional elements like low Japanese furniture and ‘karesansui’ (a rock garden) keep the room feeling authentic.
BnA STUDIO also designed the minimal bathrooms as a brief intermission to all the artworks and neon lights.
Last but not least, the ATHLETIC PARK room, produced by ‘studioBOWL’ with designs by Ryohei Murakami, echoes the same childhood nostalgia with its jungle gym-like design.
This concept of implementing a revenue share system that benefits the artists and designers is a very interesting and experimental concept of generating work for local artisans, simultaneously creating a custom made one of a kind room that can never be replicated and defies the banalities of standard hotel rooms.
Works are set to open another BnA Hotel in early 2019 in preparation for the tourist influx brought on by the 2020 Olympics.