Aman Kyoto | Kerry Hill Architects

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Aman Kyoto | Kerry Hill Architects

Commercial Architecture | Interior architecture

Aman Kyoto is a small luxury hotel which opened in late 2019. The site, which was introduced to Aman by Kerry Hill in 1995, is an 8-acre garden surrounded by forests established in the 1970s as a setting for a planned private textile museum. The project was then conceived to become a contemporary 26-suite ryokan, the first Aman in Japan. Utilizing the established platforms existing in the garden for the new pavilions, the new zinc roofed and timber clad buildings are deliberately simple and reductionist to allow nature and landscape to visually dominate. The materials and proportions of the pavilions are intended to feel Japanese, while not being traditional.

The interiors amplify this intention, while providing a highly crafted and reverential nod towards the design culture of Japan, without resorting to imitation. Guest suites are panelled in light Japanese Ash with tatami flooring, and the bathrooms are planned around a large hinoki timber bath. The public pavilions contrast this with darker timber interiors, panels of raku* wall tiles and open fire-places. Commissioned artworks and ceiling lanterns developed for the project complete the interiors.

Aman Kyoto | Kerry Hill Architects | Photographer: Nacasa & Partners


Practice TEAM

Kerry Hill – Design Architect

Justin Hill – Design Architect

Simon Cundy – Design Architect

Patrick Kosky – Design Architect

Angelo Kriziotis – Design Architect

Henry Sauerbier – Graduate of Architecture

Michael Na – Graduate of Architecture

Benjamin Smestad – Interior Designer

Alicia Worthington – Interior Designer

Alex Ong – Interior Designer

Isabelle Vergnaud – Project Interior Designer

Yvette Adams – Interior Designer

Paul Empson – Design Architect

Alan Bajamundi – 3D visualizer

Sulaini Jonied – Interior Drafter

Mario Neves – Graduate of Architecture

Ken Lim – Model Maker


Shimizu Corporation – Builder

AMAN – Hotel Operator

Toyo Architects & Engineers Office – Associate Architect

PAC Kankyo-Mode Inc. – Engineer

Toto Architects & Engineers Office – Structural Engineer

Design and Management Inc. – Landscape Consultant

MUSE-D Co. Ltd. – Lighting Consultant

Cini-Little Japan, Inc. – Kitchen Consultant

Bikosha Inc – Signage Consultant

Nacasa & Partners – Photographer

Shimizu Corporation – Photographer

Project Location

Kyoto, Japan

Our partners

Principal Partner
Major National Partners
National Corporate Partners
National Supporting Partners

​National Insurance Partner

National Media Partner

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