Location: Hokkaido , Japan
Area: 118 sqm
Completion: JAN / 2024
Designer: T.Fujimoto / N.Sueki / S.Kishimoto / J.Liu
Photos: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Hokkaido was an undeveloped area until the early Meiji period when the pioneers – Kaitakushi (Hokkaido Development Office) was established in Sapporo.  This establishment invited foreign advisors to gather the wisdom of the world which led to the island to become rapidly civilized.  During this time, an American chemical engineer employed by the pioneersdiscovered wild hops during a geological survey of Hokkaido and this discovery developed into the current beer industry as we know today.

The “Hotel Sosei Sapporo M Gallery” is planned on the site of the current Sapporo Factory, which is also the site of the first full-scale beer brewery in Japan, the “Kaitakushi Beer Brewery”.  The hotel aims to be a new base that connects Sapporo’s past with its future, and to become an entity that leads to the further development of the region.

The main theme of the interior design is “frontier spirit (pioneers’ spirit),” followed with two main characters of the story – the pioneers the central figure in the development of Sapporo, and “Braumeister”, a key figure in the beer brewing business within the “Sapporo Brewery”.  The passion and exuberance of those days and the “artistic chaos of the mixture of the Japanese and Western influences, the past and future” which was influenced by the modernization will be subliminally portrayed in each area.

Moreover, the rich nature of the north, which was indispensable for the pioneers’various industries at that time are incorporated, namely wheat and hops used to make beer, plants such as Hanamasu flowers and lavender used to make perfume, and other materials and creatures unique to this region, as an icon in various appearance of products, graphics, color schemes, and artwork, creating a new interpretation of the environment. 

We hope that the hotel will embody the emotional scene of the time in a unique artistic expression where the “frontier spirit” is deeply rooted.

A fireplace with a unique form reminiscent of a beer brewing kiln anchors the authentic bar lounge – the space is furnished with seating and beer cellars to offer a cozy living room feel.  Surrounded by various artful design elements, the space brings comfort in an artistic setting.