We have yet to meet a Commune-designed Ace Hotel that we didn’t like. Their latest collaboration has yielded one of our favorite projects yet: Ace Hotel Kyoto, the hipster hospitality chain’s first ever outpost in Asia.
The architect behind the 213-room hotel is Kengo Kuma, who designed the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium. Part new build, part historic structure, it features multiple courtyards and gardens and a distinctly Japanese facade that references the traditional wooden houses (machiya) of Kyoto.
Inside, LA-based Commune Design has interpreted Japanese traditions, by way of West Coast bohemia. Beautiful Japanese textiles are used to cover casual daybeds; a record player in each room is at the ready for sampling retro tunes (we spy a Grace Jones album in one of the rooms); wood built-ins and white walls make for a naturalistic palette.
The hotel opened last spring (high-season rates start at $400). Ready to admire the East-meets-West results? The folks behind Atelier Ace and Commune Design walk us through the finer points.
Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson, courtesy of Ace Hotel Kyoto.