Mesm Tokyo, An Autograph Hotel

Kando is emotional and spiritual involvement. “It is the spirit of being able to connect with our guests and elicit a deep and elusive emotional response. It is our constant pursuit to create interior spaces that engage sensory perceptions. It is what touches you rather than what you can see.”

Drawing inspiration from the organic movements of the surrounding Takeshiba waterfront and the historic neighbouring Hamarikyu Garden, the design concept creates an engaging environment in which cultural tradition and modern innovation coexist in perfect harmony. The sensory experience begins at the arrival lobby with interiors replicating indoor and outdoor spaces anchored by two art installations flanking the walkway.

The experience continues to the reception and main public facilities on the 16th floor. The two-story reception lobby is designed in homage to Nihonbashi during the Edo period, which was bustling with an array of merchants and shops. Spanning the length of the lobby is an installation by Sawada Studios inspired by the patterns of the sun’s reflection on the surface of the Shioiri No Ike, the only remaining saltwater pond found within the neighbouring Hama-rikyu Gardens. This installation is set against a backdrop of geometric tiles that mimic the falling leaves during Autumn.

The reception area is tucked into a quiet space to create intimacy and privacy, akin to a shop along Nihonbashi. Here, two dramatic art installations celebrate the art of origami. An animated communal table sits at the centre of the lobby, inviting activity and social interaction. The smoky-grey marble path leads guests further inside, where furnishings with soft forms and tactile textures juxtapose the lobby’s architectural language. Accent lighting and copper finishes encourage a sense of nostalgia and give the design scheme a distinct personality for visitors to explore.


  • Tokyo, Japan
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