The present iteration of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which has been called “a failure of design”. Photo: Shutterstock Images
The present iteration of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which has been called “a failure of design”. Photo: Shutterstock Images
Japan

In Japan, will Imperial Hotel’s US$2 billion facelift make it finally fit for royalty?

  • The storied hotel has hosted distinguished guests from Lee Kuan Yew to Queen Elizabeth, but urban designer Hiroo Ichikawa sees it as a ‘failure of design’
  • He’s hoping the owners of the Imperial Hotel, including real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan, will approve a new design that is truly spectacular

The present iteration of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which has been called “a failure of design”. Photo: Shutterstock Images
The present iteration of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which has been called “a failure of design”. Photo: Shutterstock Images
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