Koyasan Guest House
Alphaville designed a new guesthouse for young people from all over the world at Koya-san, the main temple of the Shingon sect founded 1200 years ago, UNESCO world heritage. It is a mixture of a Japanese capsule type hotel in which the privacy is well protected, and a dormitory in which the communication among the guests is active. Each single room directly faces a hall so that you can chose proper distance with other guests ensuring the privacy. Selecting a thin woodenstructure, results in a burden load per one pillar that is relatively light. Visibility of environmental facilities for easier maintenance and the simple composition of the space allow not only owner of this guest house but also guests to maintain, modify and keep on using this architecture for the long time. Alphaville made two different scale spaces, one is a lounge for 20 people and the other is single room of a mattress size, made of a simple wooden structural frame.