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design winter wonderland Champalimaud Design reinvigorates a world-class ski resort in a breathtaking region of northern Japan By Danine Alati • Photography by Aaron Jamieson/Niseko Photography For Green Leaf Niseko Village hotel and ski resort in Hokkaido, Japan, life begins at 30. In its three-decade history, the property set at the foot of Mount Niseko An’nupuri in the country’s northernmost island (which was not affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March) never had a renovation and had fallen into disrepair. Once it was purchased by YTL Hotels, the management company hired New York-based hospitality design firm Champalimaud Design to reinvent the interiors into a contemporary ski destination that would appeal to a younger demographic, with local architectural support by Gensler’s Tokyo office as architect of record. “When we bought the property,” recalls Anthony L. Champalimaud, vice president of development, YTL Hotels in Singapore, “we saw its underlying attributes and realized it was a great opportunity. The renovation was surgical in its precision, which was necessary to meet a challenging schedule.” Completed at a breakneck pace, the project was designed and constructed in eight months during the resort’s off season, and the 200-room hotel opened on December 1, 2010. Two members of the Champalimaud design team, senior architectural designer Jon Kastl and senior interior designer Elisabeth Rogoff, admit that the time frame was the project’s greatest 50 contract april 2011 www.contractdesign.com http://www.contractdesign.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - April 2011

Contract - April 2011
Table of Contents
Editor's Note
Industry
Resources: Nature Inspired
Focus: A Difficult Birth
Practice: From the Inside Out
Pure Spirit
Sensory Experience
Market Watch
Sibling Revelry
Screening Sophistication
Winter Wonderland
Full of Grace
Designers Rate
Sources
Ad Index
Perspectives

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