A modern interpretation of traditional Japanese culture and craftsmanship
Designed by BLINK Design Group, an internationally recognised award-winning design company, ROKU KYOTO, LXR Hotels & Resorts, the first LXR property under the Hilton brand in the Asia Pacific is set to welcome guests in Fall 2021. Inspired by the beauty and simplicity of Japanese culture and craftsmanship, the new luxury benchmark features 114 guestrooms and suites, exclusive restaurants and a spa.
The Japanese aesthetic has been woven seamlessly by BLINK into the resort’s design and referential to an area of stunning natural seclusion at the foot of the Takagamine mountains. ROKU KYOTO redefines the pinnacle of prestigious escape in Kyoto; home to the notable and idyllic Japanese gardens, historic architecture and authentic tea houses.
Named after the traditional craftsmanship of handmade paper, ROKU KYOTO pays homage to Japanese culture. BLINK has integrated aspects of traditional Kyoto with a contemporary design ethos into the interior design to realise a modern interpretation of Kyoto.
“Holding a strong belief in creating memorable spaces and taking every guest on a shared journey made by people and place, we are thrilled to work with LXR Hotels & Resorts to create an authentic experience at ROKU KYOTO which illustrates a great respect to Kyoto’s rich heritage and culture. Each space in the resort is inspired by various traditional Japanese elements with the aim of connecting people, culture, and nature,” Clint Nagata, Founder and Creative Partner of BLINK shares.
Evocating the natural beauty of the resort’s surroundings, BLINK skilfully executes the concept of “beautiful things are born from a beautiful environment” into the interior design and infuses the Japanese aesthetic in all areas of the resort. Appreciating the mindful design touches by BLINK, ROKU KYOTO guests will be able to immerse themselves in the deep charms of Kyoto, which still retains a rich and varied history and culture narrative whilst welcoming an unconventional aesthetic.
Embarking on a Zen Journey through Shrine-Inspired Architecture
From the moment guests approach the lobby, a serene Zen journey begins with a mesmerising scene on arrival. To celebrate the unique quality and variety of techniques applied by Japanese craftsmanship, BLINK’s design is brought to life through a series of lacquerware and wooden elements that incorporate traditional and contemporary essences to envision a rich cultural backdrop in each distinct area while mirroring the overall design of the resort.
Inspired by the ancient shrine architecture often seen in Kyoto, the high-pitched ceilings featuring framed windows showcase the picturesque green landscape outside and draw natural daylight into the spacious interior. Linked by the hallway, the tea lounge is divided by a series of parallel wooden pillars, with the space unveiling a long table in a simple design placed in the middle for intimate tea ceremony demonstrations to experience the ultimate in Japanese hospitality.
Reimagining Kyoto Heritage in the Guestrooms
Overlooking awe-inspiring mountainous scenery, the 114 elegantly curated rooms and suites ranging from 50 sqm to 110 sqm are a zenith of comfort and serene sophistication. Highlighted
by the sublime elements of both traditional Kyoto design and Japanese minimalistic elegance, the rooms and suites typify the height of artisanship and relaxation. The Garden Rooms feature a semi-terrace, while the Spa Access Rooms and Suites are equipped with a full terrace and a natural onsen hot spring which is rarely found in Kyoto, allowing guests to truly connect with the Zen spirit of Kyoto.
The pervading sense of the interior experience fuses the “KARAKAMI” traditional crafted paper wall covering, while the colour palette is accentuated by earth tones to create a calm atmosphere. Each room is elegantly designed with refined washi paper framed in a wooden lattice to resemble the ambiance of traditional “MINKA”, the Japanese home in celebration of the exceptional craftsmanship and cultural references.
An Authentic Japanese Dining Pavilion Situated Next to the Tenjin River
The culinary indulgence and scenic beauty of the river abounds at ROKU’s dining venue. Adjacent to the Tenjin River, the Pavilion features 3 distinct dining zones where guests can savour all-day dining with the finest locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The magnificent natural views unveiled from the windows transform through seasons, seamlessly projecting the picturesque landscape of the river and water features, offering guests a unique dining experience at different times of the day.
Echoing the arrival lobby, the restaurant pavilion features Kyoto’s shrine-inspired architecture decorated with the bamboo weave pattern screen, reflecting the traditional yet timeless sense of Japanese style.
In considering various dining preferences, the different seat settings allow guests to take in an enthralling visual display of signature dishes by the head chef at the live kitchen counter with the “SHOUSUGI-BAN” (black charred wood wall) as the backdrop or to indulge in privacy. Infused with a contemporary sensibility, the blue rusted copper wine shelves distinguish the bar and café area while guests can also choose to unwind at the tranquil outdoor seating area alongside the Tenjin River.
Rejuvenate Body and Mind While Immersing in a Natural Japanese Setting
Inspired by the stalks of bamboo in Kyoto’s stunning forest, BLINK blends Japanese Zen culture and natural elements into the interior design of the spa. The calm and peaceful interior is filled with ceramics depicting the shape of bamboo to reinvigorate body, mind, and spirit to welcome and encourage the philosophy of Japan’s healing tradition. Blissfully sooth away the outside world in one of the exquisite onsen-thermal pools or in the 24-hour fully equipped onsite fitness room, where guests can retain their wellness regime anytime during the stay.
“ROKU KYOTO is a tranquil resort emphasising the minimal aesthetic of Kyoto through the skilful use of materials and lines to create an elegant and relaxing space that can be appreciated through time. Each space has its own theme celebrating local craftsmanship which is integrated into its interior space to showcase the elegant sense of Japanese design,” said Rie Minoura, Head Designer of BLINK for ROKU KYOTO.
Following BLINK’s previous successful luxury hotel design achievements in the Maldives, China, Thailand and the Philippines, Clint has proudly led his team to expand their portfolio to Japan by introducing cutting-edge creativity and innovative design inspiration whilst drawing upon the strength of Japan’s rich cultural references to the overall design narrative at ROKU KYOTO.
About BLINK Design Group
BLINK Design Group, founded by Clint Nagata, is a leading multi-disciplinary design studio with 15 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry. With projects spanning almost every continent and having worked with the worlds most renowned luxury hotel and resort brands, BLINK truly believes that creating memorable spaces is taking every client on a shared journey, made by people and place. Inspired by Clint’s passion for travel, constant exploration and enjoyment of the world, is what has shaped BLINK’s design philosophy and approach for each and every project.