Discover Hotel Kyoto Nagaokakyo
As a sign of a changing era, on September 3, 2019, a 5-story building “Hotel Discover Kyoto Nagaoka” opened on the doorstep of Japan’s famous old capital Kyoto. As we know in North America it is quite common to see 3-stories or higher hotels and resorts being constructed structurally with wood, but in Japan it is very rare to see these types of buildings, let alone a midrise urban project like this one. The 1st and 2nd floors of the hotel consist of the lobby area with a large open atrium to welcome the guests when they check inn while also doubling as a cafe & bar for them to relax and enjoy during their stay. The 3rd, 4th and 5th floors are where the guest rooms are located. The first two floors of hotel were constructed using reinforced concrete while floors three to five are a platform frame fireproof structure. The total floor area for the building is 561m². The 16 guest rooms on the upper three floors vary in size from 13 to 26m². The company who own, designed and constructed the hotel is Liv Corporation and the property will be managed by Irodori Factory. Not only is the project unique that it is 5-storey hybrid building, but it is also a great example of a new market for platform frame construction in this country. COFI and Canada Wood staff have been working hard promoting the idea of constructing wooden hotels and resorts in Japan to expanded opportunities for wood use in non-traditional markets and it is great to see these efforts are now starting to make inroads.