“Railroad Resort” in a National Park

Shima Kanko Hotel

This hotel was established in a scenic region with a saw-toothed coastline, in a place famous for pearl cultivation. After World War II, it developed into one of Japan’s most acclaimed “railroad resorts.” The designer was Togo Murano, who based his practice in Osaka and mainly designed private buildings. Murano was a top-class practitioner from 1929, when he started his office, until 1984, when he died at age 93. The sensitivity of Murano’s designs, which appeal to human emotions, is expressed in the way the hotel building responds to its site, a national park.

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