Toukouen is a hotel that is located within a hot spring resort. One of motifs of the structure is a Torii gate, or a sacred boundary that is found in the entrance of a shrine. Six columns support two girders from which astonishingly, two stories of guest rooms are suspended. The lower section of the six columns comprises of a series of short pillars that aid in supporting the load, with horizontal “nuki” (tie beams) serving to connect all of the principle columns. The architect Kiyonori Kikutake had boldly transcribed the method of appropriating girders, short pillars and tie beams as traditionally seen in wooden architecture such as temples, shrines, and bridges into the context of a concrete-built form.