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CONCEPT

The fusion of Lake Toya's nature and contemporary “Wa” design.

Here you can have time to refresh your mind and body, wrapped in the serene air of Lake Toya.
Design supervision of facades and interior is by Mr. Kengo Kuma, a famous architect worldwide.
Here you can enjoy high quality resort stay and you will be healed by the view of Lake Toya which changes its appearances every season.

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Kengo Kuma's excellent space design

A stylish space designed by Mr. Kengo Kuma, a master of "Wa", is a modern style that provides the warmth of tree in the whole building.
With a facade's wooden structure inspired by the abundant nature of Lake Toya and fabric materials covering the lobby and restaurant, the "Wa" space expressed in a contemporary perspective will produce a special experience unique to WE Hotel Toya.

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ARCHITECTURE

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Mr. Kuma Kengo

Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. Before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990, he received his Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he is currently a Professor of Architecture. Having been inspired by Kenzo Tange's Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Kengo Kuma decided to pursue architecture at a young age, and later entered the Architecture program at the University of Tokyo, where he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida. During his Graduate studies, he made a research trip across the Sahara, exploring various villages and settlements, observing a unique power and beauty. After his time as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he established his office in Tokyo. Since then, Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed architectural works in over twenty countries and received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.

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