12 September 2014
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
The latest endeavour from the Hyatt group, the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills embodies the exceptionally creative and thoughtful style typical of the Japanese culture. A sneak-peek.
You spot it from a distance, crowning the new slender shape of the Toranomon Hills tower. In the lift, a school of fish designed in white washi paper by artist Tetsuya Nagata makes for a thoughtful ascension. On 51st floor, you enter the Andaz Tokyo hotel lobby. Here, between solid tables decorated with luscious bouquets, immense wood blocks by British designer Charlie Whinney comprise a series of movable sculptures. You could call them inspired writings. Hidden behind two sliding doors, the reception area establishes itself in a room inlaid entirely by tiny wood coins: conceived by master artisan and artist Shigemitsu Kotaka (a woodwork specialist, also known as Kumiko Zaiku), their arrangement composes a geographic motif reminiscent of delicacy, remarkable finesse and kimono prints.
Vying in terms of precision, the interiors designed by Tony Chi wind around the theme of ‘Modern Serenity’: crimson red arched armchairs face leather-covered benches and liven up the zen table setting of the Andaz Tavern. From Tokyo to New York, the mutual energy is palpable. Off to one side, a room enriched by warm wood hues defines a studious atmosphere. If the view dominates throughout, at night it is all reflected, from the immense heights beneath the ceiling to the soft, almost golden lighting, through the bay windows. As the main floor of the Andaz Tokyo, the 51st boasts something magical…a feeling that extends to the top of the building. Up there, on the edge of a vast terrace enlivened by a glass sculpture signed Jean-Michel Othoniel, a small door welcomes you into a saké bar, suggestive of the traditions of ancient tea houses. Liberated, the area unfolds beneath the slender architecture of the roof, which points towards the sky and opens up a view of the sprawling city…holding a shot of sake or a house Tea Cocktail, who knows what the night may bring. Just hang around for a moment to see if Scarlett Johansson walks through the door…!
Conceived of a vision by the talented Shin Ogata, founder of Simplicity, the sculptural AO Spa & Club on the 37th floor is a temple of zenitude. Just like a meditative canvas drawn in Japanese ink, milk-white surfaces and black lines respond to one another, and create the perfect canvas for welcoming seasonal herbs and products. On the front counter, plants, essential oils, mortar and pots of salt invite clients to create their own balms and beauty elixirs. The definition of the Andaz touch: personal, creative and visionary.
1-23-4, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 105-0001
+81 3 6830 1234