Concept design: Zentis Osaka – TOPHOTELNEWS
Zentis Osaka (images: © Stirling Elmendorf)
Contemporary design embracing the cityscape in one of Japan’s largest cities is at the center of our new TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive on Zentis Osaka.
Architecture by Kajima Corporation is complemented by interior architecture and design by Tara Bernerd & Partners in this elegant property.
An urban retreat
Zentis Osaka, which opened in July 2020, occupies a 16-story building that really stands out from the crowd in this bustling Japanese port city. Featuring architecture by Kajima Corporation and interior architecture and design by Tara Bernerd, it features 212 guest rooms and suites, as well as a dining concept designed by a team with a Michelin-starred experience and a service commitment stemming from the Palace Hotel Tokyo brand.
In terms of design, the hotel adopts the Japanese approach to the use of space and is inspired by the modular design of bento boxes, with clearly defined spaces that fit together seamlessly for optimal flow. Each room and suite is decorated in a fresh palette of warm natural hues and light woods with pops of color and brushstrokes inspired by Japanese calligraphy.
The hotel’s public spaces embrace Osaka’s cityscape, as well as its industrial heritage. The same natural color palette extends throughout, alongside wooden beams, exposed brickwork, and structural hardware.
Among the many distinctive design features of Zentis Osaka are a central staircase hewn from blue limestone. The lobby also features contemporary art done on traditional Japanese washi paper.
A new lifestyle center
The hotel’s studios have king-size beds, 4K TVs, rain showers and Imabari bath linens. Additionally, corner suites and studios have bathtubs and can be combined to create a two-bedroom unit.
Additionally, the suites have separate living and sleeping areas, as well as a dining area. Hansgrohe supplied the fittings for the hotel’s bathroom.
Guests can dine at the property’s all-day dining restaurant, Upstairz, which takes up much of the second floor as a dining room with open kitchen, lounge for light snacks and afternoon tea. afternoon, a covered terrace and a bar serving seasonal cocktails and Japanese whiskies. Chef Shinya Otsuchihashi creates the restaurant’s Japanese and French inspired menus.
The second floor also houses a 24-hour fitness center equipped with Life Fitness equipment. Overall, the property acts as an urban oasis with its own garden and a connection between the interiors and the green spaces outside thanks to design details such as floor-to-ceiling windows and the double-sided fireplace in the lobby.
Further reinforcing its status as a design-focused establishment, Zentis Osaka is a member of Design Hotels.
For more information on this program and to view an extensive gallery of high-resolution images, see the Zentis Osaka project page on the TOPHOTELDESIGN website.