Ace Hotel has announced plans for a brand new cultural hub as part of the redevelopment of ShinPuhKan Kyoto. Designed by the iconic architect Kengo Kuma, Ace Hotel Kyoto is set to open in winter 2019 in an area with a valuable industrial and imperial legacy.

Centrally located, the neighbourhood around the hotel resides on the former grounds of the imperial palace and is rumoured to once have been the home of Japanese samurai. Ideal for explorers, Ace Hotel Kyoto will be just a few steps away from treasures like the Nishiki Market, the Museum of Kyoto and Kyoto Art Centre, and surrounded by classic shops such as Kamesuehiro (confectionary store), Shoyeido (incense store) and Miyawaki Baisenan (fan store). Taking cues from Kyoto’s cultural history, reverence for nature, quality of craftsmanship and delight in the everyday, Ace Hotel Kyoto will offer a rich, sensory experience for all of its guests/

Kengo Kuma is the principal architect for Ace Hotel Kyoto. He is world-renowned for his work in Japan and abroad including the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Centre in Tokyo, the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum and the forthcoming Olympic Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Games.  Embracing natural materials and light, Kengo Kuma’s designs create spaces for interaction and comfort.

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Words by Sophie Ritchie