Concept design: W Osaka – TOPHOTELNEWS


This week’s collaboration with TOPHOTELDESIGN takes a look at the W Osaka completed in 2021 in Japan.

The concrete design firm collaborated with Tadao Ando Architect & Associates on the design of this contemporary property.

A new flagship property

Last year saw the completion of this new 27-story site housing W Osaka on the city’s Midosuji Boulevard. The skyscraper was designed by Nikken Sekkei with Tadao Ando also working on the facade.

Behind the building’s striking black facade, this design hotel then showcases the inspiration that has been drawn from the city in its vibrant interiors referencing everything from the cherry blossoms and gingko trees that line the street to the neon signs of the neighborhood of Osaka’s nightlife, Dotonburi.

The design elements of the interiors draw inspiration from both traditional and modern aspects, as well as Osaka’s urban and natural landscapes to encapsulate the spirit of the city.

Hansgrohe and KALDEWEI contributed as suppliers for the interior elements of the hotel.

Local design inspiration

A flower and origami-inspired tunnel greets guests at the entrance with more than 3,000 circles laser-cut from metal and randomly bent with lighting that changes color with the four seasons.

The lobby completes this arrival by drawing inspiration from the asanoha pattern for the floor, the staircase and the ceiling. Guests are then greeted at the bar, which is designed to act as the social heart of the hotel.

From here, guests can head to the hotel’s indoor-outdoor lounge with neon lights and rectangular lamps hanging from the ceiling, a French-themed bistro inspired by Breton stripes and traditional copper pots and the bridge, the WET bar and courtyard inspired by Japan’s love of nature.

The hotel is home to 337 open-plan rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, the color palette alternating between sakura pink and blue between floors, and design details including shoji screens and pixel art. The Extreme Wow Suite is located on the 27th floor and designed in a sequence of five bedrooms.


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