Shigeru Ban-designed boutique hotel challenges notions of luxury hospitality

A boutique hotel without a restaurant, where guests share a communal living room and where most of the furniture is made of cardboard, is shaking long-held notions of luxury hospitality in Japan.The owners – partners in a financial consultancy based in Singapore – originally planned to build a private summer retreat for their own young families to relax in and enjoy nature in the popular Japanese mountain resort of Karuizawa, about an hour by bullet train from Tokyo. The core of the concept was…

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