Frasers partners with Kengo Kuma for Tokyo project

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Japan: Frasers Hospitality has teamed up with Japanese architect Kengo Kuma for the development of Capri by Fraser, Ginza/Tokyo.

The 190-room Capri by Fraser, Ginza / Tokyo will offer meeting and conference facilities with state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities. The property will also model after the digital core offering of Capri by Fraser, China Square / Singapore, which will be "a testbed for people-centric innovative experiences to be rolled out worldwide".
 
Capri by Fraser, Ginza / Tokyo is "heavily influenced by stylistic elucidation of Japanese craft and culture. The building itself will pay homage to Japan's ubiquitous heritage, with Kuma's contemporary interpretation of a vertical Zen garden and an outdoor urban forest in the heart of the thriving Ginza district".
 
An origami roof at the entrance that serves to regulate light entering the building is also another key feature of Kuma's design. The roof will be built using wood, a material frequently used by Kuma in many of his works, including the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic National Stadium.
 
"Kengo Kuma's visual and intelligent understanding of the movement of space is evident in his architectural designs and choice of unique materials. His understanding of the psyche of the millennial traveler, the mainstay of guests at all our Capri by Fraser hotel residences, from Berlin to Brisbane, Singapore to Shenzhen, translates into social living spaces that captures the imagination," said Choe Peng Sum, CEO of Frasers Hospitality.
 
"Kengo's vision is very much in line with what we've set out to do from the start, in cutting through the conformity of typical hotels while anticipating the changing needs and preferences of the millennial in facilities, service and design. And together with Hirsch Bedner Associates, who have drawn inspiration from local Japanese elements like cranes and the ubiquitous bento box, guests can look forward to a unique design experience with social and personal spaces for every need. We hope our guests will enjoy the instagrammable and experiential ethos that is the Capri by Fraser brand," he added.
 
Capri by Fraser, Ginza / Tokyo will strengthen the Group's presence in Tokyo, joining Fraser Suites Akasaka which is due to open in 2020. The two properties join Frasers Hospitality's other property in Japan, Fraser Residence Nankai, Osaka which has been popular since it opened in 2010. 

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