Ace Hotel Kyoto

The Ace Kyoto Hotel, designed by Commune in partnership with Kengo Kuma pays true homage to Kyoto’s culture steeped in the arts and crafts of Japan and really sets out to marry the idea of “east meets west through craft”.

  • rooms 213
  • Year 2020
  • Location Kyoto, Japan,
  • Type Hotel,
  • Ace Kyoto is a place that celebrates and honors the city’s traditions and its love of the arts and crafts but through youthful eyes and with a measure of street culture.

    The project which took 5 years to complete, made way for a long list of artists, artisans, and craftsmen to contribute to the project. From finishes to furnishings to artwork, the hand is the most consistent thread in the design.

    Commune was inspired by the work of Japanese American artists and designers like George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi and Rush Asawa as well as Western designers like Charlotte Perriand and Antonin Raymond and the work they did in Japan. The idea was to recruit a group of Japanese artists and artisans to contribute to the project and bring in a handful of American ones in order to create a conversation through their work.

    Design: Commune with Kengo Kuma
    Photography: Yoshihiro Makino