Local business, local knowledge

Chokai-san (Mt. Chokai)

In the middle of the rice fields on the edge of Tsuruoka City in the Shonai region of Yamagata, Japan, lies Suiden Terrasse, a newly built hotel designed to blend into the surrounding rice paddies. It was designed by world-renown architect, Shigeru Ban, who also designed Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral, and was won numerous awards for his architecture around the world, including the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The thing is, Shigeru Ban is not a local. No matter how great an architect is, no matter how prestigious or how well-known around the world, local knowledge is a necessity when it comes to great design. Don't get me wrong, Suiden Terrrasse is a great building. It is mainly wooden, has a great design features all throughout, and is designed to appear to float above the rice paddies. Functionally, the interior is great, with the paths of the patrons well thought out, and a wooden aesthetic that I just can't get enough of.

I was shocked when the other day I went to Suiden Terrasse and saw these giant icicles hanging right above the main entrance. At that time I also heard that since the structure is built on the edge of the rice fields, there's no way to get outside to clean the windows.

But hey, he certainly did a better job than I could ever do. It's also led to some work for me, I translated their website, and all the times I've been there, I've had an enjoyable time. Next time, more consideration of local knowledge may be necessary to make the ultimate location.

ENJOYED THIS? HAVE MORE.

MOUNTAINS OF WISDOM

Subscribe to my yamabushi newsletter

RECENT BLOG POSTS

view of building exterior
No matter the situation
Judgement Calls
landscape photograph of body of water
I got nothing

YAMABUSHI BLOG POSTS

Get on with it
person putting coin in a piggy bank
Surely, it should.
person writing on notebook
Creativity demands chaos

RANDOM POSTS

gray monk statue in between plant pots
Temper is a bitch
man standing in front of people
Confidence and conviction
A year to remember
Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

Get In Touch

Sakata City, Yamagata, Japan 

tim@timbunting.com

Share this:

Like this:

Like Loading...
Scroll to Top