Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo
Drawing in panoramic views of the city skyline, Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo is conceptualized as both a literal and figurative lens through which guests can contemplate the dynamic movement and vibrancy of Japan’s metropolitan capital. Inspired by the synergistic relationship between the rapid pace of modernization and the dignified charm of local culture, the design harmonizes vernacular minimalist principles with luxurious modern trappings. One observes a consonance between two different worlds. Trees, blossoms, leaves, water and clouds, motifs that epitomize the Japanese philosophy of Zen, adorn the walls and ceilings, while linear elements resonate with the surrounding high‐rise architecture. Seemingly disparate elements are employed to achieve a quiet balance, an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of the thriving metropolis.
The design experience begins as one crosses the threshold from the busy thoroughfare into a ground‐floor foyer enveloped in warm and welcoming hues of brown, bronze and soft gold. Entering the lift, panels of brown and bubble‐filled blue glass evoke a sense of fluid motion. As one travels upward, the lighting shifts subtly from blue to white, the only indication of movement in the silently ascending vessel, heralding guests’ arrival to the 22nd floor sky lobby.
At the reception area, taking centerstage is an objet d’art that draws from the Japanese ensō. Designed by Korean artist Bahk Seong Ghi, the artwork combines Avant‐garde form with earthy charcoal. The ensō, traditionally a circle hand‐drawn in an uninhibited brushstroke to express spontaneous freedom of expression, is reinterpreted using suspended fragments of charcoal. Where an ensō circle is typically either closed, to represent perfection, or incomplete, to symbolize the never‐ending quest for improvement, Bahk’s masterpiece allows for multiple perspectives. This union of venerable philosophy and modern innovation characterizes the design approach to Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo. In the lounge, Shinnosuke Tojo’s triptych of copper plates uses calming colours, fluid strokes and deliberate rusting of the metal plate to reflect the passage of time. The artwork’s constantly evolving patina is a perfect allegory for the Japanese concept of ‘Mono No Aware’, or the ephemerality of existence.
The artists who have contributed to the artistic direction of Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo come from a myriad of nationalities. From Korea to Brazil, this diversity reflects the cosmopolitan fabric of Tokyo, while their work shares solidarity in paying homage to the Japanese minimalist aesthetic.
Another pervading theme is the perpetual dialogue between Man and Nature. Deeply ingrained in local culture, this theme is gently folded into the guest experience. The double‐height ceiling lobby unfurls towards a million‐dollar view of the city that is framed by lush greenery. A gentle and refreshing jasmine and tangerine aroma permeates the air in the entire residence. Subtle shifts in colour and imagery used on the different floors evoke the four seasons — Spring on the 23rd and 24th floors, Summer on the 25th and 26th, Autumn on the 27th and 28th, and Winter on the top floor.
The apartments are decked out with a taupe and cream palette, silk Pierre Frey cushions, contemporary fittings and high‐spec kitchens complete with all the paraphernalia necessary for a comfortable extended stay. Bellagio marble tiles lather the bathrooms in cream. The ceiling is embellished with abstract photographic prints, creating the impression of gazing through both foliage and skyline. The graphics manipulate the proportions of both elements, blurring the boundaries between where the buildings end and nature begins.
MEC Design International, a member of Mitsubishi Estate Group worked closely with Mr. Kian Liew, The Ascott’s Head of Global ID Management, Product & Technical Services to plan and design the property.
Head of Global ID for The Ascott Limited and an alumi of Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, Kian has an Honors degree in Interior Architecture. With 15 years of experience in interior designing and interior design management, Kian leads a strong team of 10. His interior showcase is understated yet sophisticated, straightforward, elegant and functional with the occasional accents. Balance, light, space and colour factor into all his design, creating a timeless effect. Clean lines and simple but well‐crafted furnishing, with an attention to texture and highest quality materials are Kian’s essentials.
Group Executive Officer MEC Design International ‐ Representative Director & Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc. MEC Design International is a member of Mitsubishi Estate Group, providing a wide‐range of services such as consultation, design, production and retail. Experts at offices, residences, hospitality facilities, modification and other interior design planning to construction services to meet clients’ demands with high‐quality solutions.