The design and creative teams worked hard to be imaginative in trying to find ways that would offer eco-friendly options, while also enhancing the experience of the ryokan.
Reminiscent of the centuries old Japanese method of burning wood in order to preserve it (Yakisugi 焼杉), the timber felled in preparation of the development was re-used in a creative and effective way.
By recycling the factory off-cuts and then dipping the pieces in bath made from the collected excess from producing coal, we were able to provide a beautiful but also natural, non-chemical, waterproof cladding. Blending in with ancient history and the wood itself, it smells good too.
The hot volcanic spring water is used where possible for underfloor heating and to melt the snow between villas – both effective and decorative. Conversely, in the summer months, cool mountain spring water is used for cooling purposes (from the floor to wine cellar) and is highly revered as drinking water by locals for its sweet taste.
The issue of environmental consciousness is an ongoing evolution and one which no one can ever claim to master completely. Our ethos is that we must never be complacent and continue to strive to improve every day.