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Architecture that Promotes Wellness: The Kodo Hotel

April 4, 2024 | by The Jeuns

Minerals like calcium, iron, sulfur, and magnesium form a strong elemental bond connecting humans to the Earth. Despite this, many builders have strayed from honoring earthen materials in their constructions. However, an exception to this trend is the kodō kotel, a commercial project that places a strong emphasis on raw boulders as part of its architectural design.

The collaboration between M Royce Architecture and Gry Space has brought the concept of kodō kotel to life, incorporating the Japanese art of impermanence, wabi-sabi. This synergy has allowed the project to serve as an architectural landmark for patrons, showcasing a unique blend of raw materials and minimalist design.

The incorporation of durable, raw materials in the kodō kotel reflects a conscious intent to achieve sustainability. This approach goes beyond mere recycling efforts, as the natural materials used are tailored to age gracefully over time, adding a sense of vitality and natural energy to the space. The design seamlessly integrates with the surrounding environment, creating a serene and almost spiritual ambiance.

For more information on the kodō kotel, interested individuals can visit To learn more about the creative practices behind the project, visit and Photography for the project was done by Gry Space, capturing the essence of the design and architecture.

The project is a testament to the power of collaboration and the ability to create spaces that not only serve a functional purpose but also evoke a sense of connection to the natural world.


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