Concrete Quarterly

Final frame

Shiroiya Hotel

Architect Sou Fujimoto has gutted a 1970s hotel in Maebashi, Japan, removing the walls and floors and exposing the rough concrete surface of the original structure to form the centrepiece of a new design hotel.

This four-storey atrium, criss-crossed with concrete beams, houses the reception, restaurant and lounge, as well as an installation by artist Leandro Erlich. Called Lighting Pipes, this was inspired by the approach Fujimoto took to uncovering the concrete structure.

“The pipes are a symbol of the water pipes that are always hidden inside walls and go through all buildings as veins of fluids,” Erlich says.

Photo Katsumasa Tanaka