Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, Japan

Set in an 800-year-old traditional garden in Japan’s historic imperial capital, the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is enviably located at the foot of Higashiyama Mountain in the city’s temple district with numerous historic landmarks surrounding it.  The light-filled hotel affords breath-taking views in every direction, from the neighbouring Kiyomizu-dera Temple to its own 2.5 acre pond and gardens.

The hotel boasts traditionally-inspired yet contemporary styled interiors by Hirsch Bedner Associates, Singapore, which include creations of Japanese artisans – including washi-paper lamps, fusuma screens and urushi lacquerware.  Patterns of light and shadow emanate from the large windows, and the guests are freely connected with the mesmerising and mystical external spaces.

dpa were invited to develop and co-ordinate the implementation of the concept lighting design prepared by Lighting Planners Associates, Japan, working in close collaboration with the developer Berjaya, Four Seasons and HBA.  The lit result provides visual clarity to the materiality of the interiors and an overriding aesthetic quality for guests to enjoy.  Dimmable warm white light sources were used extensively throughout the project and the combination of architectural lighting and Japanese decorative elements blended seamlessly.

Owner / Operator: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Developer: Berjaya
Interior Designer:  Hirsch Bedner Associates, Singapore
Concept Lighting Design: Lighting Planners Associates, Japan
Photography: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts