A Skier's Paradise in the Mountains of Japan - Design Bureau

A Skier’s Paradise in the Mountains of Japan

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

photography by Aaron Jamieson

The Green Leaf Niseko Village
Hokkaido, Japan

It took just eight months for New York-based architecture and design firm Champalimaud to complete a full renovation of the Green Leaf Niseko Village in Hokkaido, Japan. The newly transformed property, rethought in the mold of Western and European ski hotels, reopened as a trendy ski-in, ski-out resort. 

Champalimaud updated the existing lobby, ski valet, restaurant, and added a day spa. In addition to the renovations, the design team introduced Altitude, the first exterior rooftop bar in Niseko, added a new lobby bar, and a flexible, multipurpose space for special events, parties, and movie screenings. 

The hotel features original works of art throughout by local Japanese artists Emi Shiratiro and Soichiro Tomioka. Shiratiro's murals can be found in the lobby entrance and on the façade of the spa. Her graphics brand each guest room door and ski locker. Each of the 192 guestrooms and eight suites boasts a winter landscape by Tomioka.

 Everything is geared towards creating a cozy, warm experience, from the antler lighting fixtures and the tree wallpaper to the massive windows and sweeping views. As fun as skiing is, we'd probably end up faking an injury to steal a few more hours in the spa.

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