Commune Will Design Ace Hotel’s New Outpost in Kyoto

Commune Design has just announced its partnership with Ace Hotel‘s first location in Asia in Kyoto. The award-winning design firm along with legendary architect Kengo Kuma will design the hotel inside the historic Kyoto Central Telephone Company.


Ace Hotel Kyoto, expected to open next spring, is the fourth collaboration between Ace Hotels and Commune Design. For this particular project, the brand intends to maintain the essence of Japanese design in the structure of the building and combine it with the American style cues that have inspired it. To accomplish this, the designers are working with local artists and craftsmen to weave a story or tradition and incorporate it into the hotel’s contemporary design.


The hotel itself is an interpretation of the relationship between the East and West, including inspiration by influential designers Charlotte Perriand and JB Blunk.