The 250,000 s.f. building occupies the southeast corner of a city block in downtown Kyoto. Starting with an existing building volume, a facade was designed for this 220 room hotel in Kyoto, Japan. The similarities in plan of the building, the site, and the context, along with the proportional relationships that were previously established within the building, led to the development of the facade.
The first step was to establish a system that allowed the interplay of building, the site, and the context. The property line, at the scale with respect to the building, was used as a registration device. The site was scaled to fit within the property line of the building and superimposed with the building. Similarly, the context was scaled to fit the property line of the building and superimposed with both the building and site information.
The second step was to continue this process within the boundary of the existing property line setting up a recursive relationship between the building, the site, and the context. The result of these moves are in effect, three buildings, sites, and contexts at three different scales, each having a proportional relationship to each other, defining one project.
The final step was to take advantage of the proportional relationships that were previously established and translate the plan into elevation resulting in the exterior facade.