A sleek, elegant base for a stay in the vibrant, pulsating 24-hour city of Tokyo
Occupying the top six floors of The Otemachi Tower high above the vibrant bustle of Japan’s cosmopolitan capital, Aman Tokyo is a refuge offering sweeping views of the Imperial Palace Gardens, Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji on the horizon. The first of Aman’s vertical hotels, occupying the thirty-third to thirty-eight floors of the Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo has fused urban modernism with traditional cultural elements, creating a contemporary sanctuary at once both original and serene.
Harmony of architecture and design, combined with a nod to local culture and with a true sense of space, is a classic hallmark of any Aman property. Aman Tokyo, designed by Kerry Hill architects, cleverly reveals itself through a series of unique design elements, blending traditional Japanese design with a contemporary vision. Classic Japanese materials such as camphor wood, washi paper and stone are fused with modern technology to create a subtle interplay of shadow and light – fundamental to the resort’s design and ambience.
Taking the lift to the thirty-third floor of the Otemachi Tower, guests are immediately greeted with the centerpiece of the intimate reception space – a 30m soaring feature made from washi paper and resembling the interior of a Japanese paper lantern lit by subdued lighting.
The Lantern, a theatrically architectural employment of light, scale, and proportion, rises six floors through the centre of the building and during the day, allows diffused sunlight to illuminate the reception. In the evenings the ambience shifts focus and evolves into a calm elegance via a series of orchestrated lighting scenes.
Adopting the framing techniques and optical illusions used in Japanese gardens and traditional Japanese architecture, is the resort’s inner garden. Celebrating the creative and cultural tradition of Japan is the prominent Ikebana, a disciplined art form in which materials such as living branches, leaves, grasses and blossoms are carefully arranged to represent an affinity with nature. This sits atop a calming water feature and is complemented by two traditional Japanese rock gardens. Designed to impart a feeling of Zen, the two karesansui, or dry gardens, are minimal in design.
Artwork from plasterer artist Syuhei Hasado adorns the reception area, front desk, and spa and is made entirely from natural materials. Incorporating elements from Japanese nature including wild vines and flower buds from the mountains of Hida and leaves and needles from the Japanese larch tree which have been dried and imbedded into the canvas, Hasado’s art allows for a three dimensional feel and reflects the heavy influence of nature throughout the hotel.
The guestrooms, which are constructed almost entirely from light Japanese timber, are worlds of calm and tranquility, blending traditional elements of a ryokan, or Japanese inn with the contemporary style of Kerry Hill. The engawa concept has also been incorporated into the resort’s guest rooms and suites, separating the sleeping areas from living spaces, the latter of which are slightly sunken and which feature minimalistic furniture crafted from castor aralia wood.
Tatami mats stretch over Japanese sen timber floors in light shades, which have also been used to create the wall panels. Sliding shoji screens constructed from washi paper conceal the large bathrooms, the centerpiece of which is a furo, a deep granite Japanese soaking tub, situated adjacent to the floor to ceiling windows which frame sky high views of the city and Mount Fuji in the distance. Instructions on how to conduct the ritual based bath are provided, as are seasonal herbs which are used to heal and relax the body.