The Lobby Pillars that Have Witnessed the Hotel’s Long History since its Founding
This article was originally published in the September/October 2008 issue of The ROYAL.
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As you walk from the entrance to the main lobby of the RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka, you will feel a sense of freshness from its spaciousness. The area’s design seems to resemble the spatial composition of Japanese architecture.
Once you enter the building, escorted by the doorman, you will find yourself in the entrance area. It will remind you of the entrance of Japanese architecture that opens up to a spacious concrete floor and tatami room. At the back of this area are guest rooms, and there is even a garden with a waterfall located behind them. As soon as you step into the main lobby, you’ll feel right at home, even before receiving a friendly greeting or removing your shoes. This modern interpretation of Sukiya architecture is indeed a unique design by Yoshida Isoya, the master architect.
The Gold Maki-e Pillars in the main lobby were also designed by Yoshida Isoya (created by Agata Jiro). The pillars are adorned with a delicate, powerful, charming, and elegant pattern inspired by birds found in Heian period textiles. Completed in 1965, the astute design represents Japanese beauty and continues to charm the world with Japanese hospitality that transcends time.
Text by Ko Hiroki
Photography by Harry Nakanishi