Snowpeak Field Suite Spa Headquarters by Kengo Kuma and Associates

A spa-villa-restaurant complex attached to Snow Peak’s headquarters in Sanjo, Niigata. It attempts an architectural translation of Snow Peak’s philosophy of moving the center of human activity from indoors to outdoors.

The roof of the building is lined up to echo the elegant ridge in front of the towering Awagatake, one of Japan’s 300 most famous mountains, and the eaves are covered with a material that symbolizes the camping lifestyle: firewood.

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20,000 pieces of firewood are seamlessly continuous inside and outside, giving the building a “wildness” that is not normally found in architecture.

Inside the building, we attempted to connect the earth and the architecture as one by using clay walls coated with soil from the site, discarded parts from a hardware factory famous for its local industry in Sanjo, and Corten steel. Source by Kengo Kuma and Associates.

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Announcing the new facility, Lisa Yamai, SnowPeak CEO said: “By experiencing the warm natural hot springs that are born from the great outdoors, we can see that our lives are based on nature when we look back on our daily lives. I hope it will give you an opportunity to remember.”

Sorgenti termali naturali e saune alimentate dalla natura di Shimoda. The Snow Peak Field Suite Spa is due to open for day visitors and overnight guests in April 2022, with reservation applications beginning in March.

Photo © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesLocation: Nigata, JapanArchitect: Kengo Kuma and AssociatesArea: 2187 m2Completed: April 2022Photographs: via Kengo Kuma and Associates, via Field Suite SpaPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and AssociatesPhoto © Kengo Kuma and Associates

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