Honzo spa

Bath facility at the core of VISON

2021@Taki, Mie Prefecture

Honzo spa is a bath facility that comprises the core of VISON, with a background of herbal medicine. Visitors can enjoy seasonal medicated baths according to the calendar of the Honzo 72 Pentads, which tastefully arranges and follows the model of the Honcho 72 Pentads (*1), revised in the Edo period. To have the visitors enjoy the regional history and nature, we focused on the landscape and visitor experience of a story with regard to design.

*1 “72 Pentads” is a way of expressing seasons formulated in ancient China (Chinese lunisolar calendar). Each solar term (of the 24 solar terms) is divided into three pentads, and each pentad consists of about five days. (omitted) The 72 Pentads were revised by Shibukawa Shunkai and other scholars during the Edo period to suit the Japanese climate and environmental conditions, creating the Honcho 72 Pentads. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

The 72 Pentads Room (Photos by ToLoLo Studio (all of this page unless otherwise mentioned))

Building Overview

With the introspective resting area called the 72 Pentads Room at its heart, the Honzo spa has an intermediate zone around the 72 Pentads Room where people can communicate with the environment. We decided to construct a landscape by placing people’s enjoyment within the building’s boundary area that separates the inside from the outside. A landscape including people brings life into the building and creates an atmosphere of communicating with the environment. For example, “Wide veranda” overlooks the majestic view of the mountains and greets people with a gentle expression. You may find people enjoying a refreshing feel as if dancing in the sky at “Big moment.” On the other hand, we pursued a facility layout that can do without shielding fences so that people can enjoy the subtle bathing sensation of connecting with the nature in the bath. To sharpen your senses and enjoy the connection of your body with the environment—that is the experience Honzo spa aims to achieve and is the foundation of the landscape of the entire VISON.

Honzo Spa Concept Map
MOHEIM Director Shigeichiro Takeuchi + Tomoya Akasaka Architectural Design Office

Approaches

Bird's eye view
Elevator building
Sign
Elevator building and entrance hall
Draining slit
From the elevator to the entrance hall
Looking from the wheelchair entrance to the elevator building
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Exterior View

Bird's eye view
Around the elevator and entrance
Southeastern façade
Honzo spa and hotel
Southwestern façade
Northwestern façade
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Jichin-seki

Morning
Lichen-tinted time
Full view
Play
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Utaki

"Utaki" of Mizu Kagami
"Utaki" of Mizu Kagami
"Utaki" of Mizu Kagami
Discreet "Utaki"
"Utaki" at the entrance
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Interstitial spaces

Façade
Doma (earthen floor)
Wide veranda
Terrace seats
Veranda and terrace seats
Lights
Veranda and Yogokyo
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Yogokyo

Yogokyo
Earthen floor and Yogokyo
Deer footprints
Details
Details
Looking from the entrance
Ground rock and Yogokyo
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Around the Hallway

Entrance
Wheelchair entrance
Honzo
Footwear room
Bench
Long horizontal window
Shop
Lounge
Reception
Corner
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72 Pentads Room

72 Pentads Room
Bamboo and wood wool boards
Sunset
Flexible segmentation
Lights
72 Pentads Room and "Big moment"
Big moment
Passage
Le Furo
Le Furo terrace
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Dressing Room

Dressing room
Mirrors
Sign
Sign
Powder room
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Light and Darkness

Light and Darkness indoor bath
Uneven wall surface and high side lights
Light and Darkness outdoor bath
Distant view and near view
Faucets
Bitter Ball
Eventually
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Mizu Kagami

( Water Mirror )

Designing the water surface
Mizu Kagami indoor bath
Expression of the water surface
Three water surfaces
Anterior room
Washing area
Discharge outlet
Discharge outlet
To the outdoor bath
Handrails
Sky / Hedge / Water Basin
Hedge
Style of guidance:
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Woven Bamboo Wall

Woven bamboo wall
Combination of bamboo with different materials
Weaving
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