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Brief Published: 23 May 2011

Look Out Café


A profusion of vertical visual lines, the Look Out Café is set on top of a mountain within the Niseko ski resort in Northern Japan. Designed by Japanese architects Design Spirits Co., the café is only accessible by skiers during the winter season.

Embracing a traditional Japanese aesthetic, using clean lines and a minimal colour palette, the renovation of the 28-year-old host building (which took less than 45 days to complete from start to finish) is built around one key motif: multiple rows of overlapping wooden slats.

The technique not only adds visual depth, but also serves to create neat, practical partitions that divide the space into booths. A lowered ceiling height (again courtesy of the amassed slats) adds a sense of intimacy and warmth to the otherwise sleek design.

Design Spirits Co.