Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects is a japanese architecture office with an increasingly exciting portfolio of projects. Enjoy them all, but pay particular attention to the project above: the Bayside Marina Hotel in Yokohama. (You may recognize the city’s name from its famous port terminal.) The term “Pre-fabricated” is usually an indication, at least to me, that something fishy is about to be justified in terms of its manufacture.
This is not the case with the Bayside Marina Hotel. Fabricated in Thailand; assembled in Japan, this project is a really refreshing series of boxes. I’m not sure why the emerging talent from Japan is as exciting or refreshing as it is. There are Swiss firms that have work this restrained, but not this playful; there are Dutch firms with projects this playful, but not this restrained– I don’t think this is a very good way to frame the work of Yasutaka Yoshimura. But while I can’t articulate a basis for understanding their work, one isn’t necessary at all to enjoy it.