Torafu hotelroom wall

A place for everything and everything in its place. This unique hotel room by Torafu Architects has a niche for every object you could possibly want in your hotel room – and then some – including a fold-out desk, a dog house and spaces custom-sized to fit your jacket, suitcase and other travel essentials.

In some instances the design is purely functional – if excessively so – while in other cases (such as the hair dryer exhaust etched into the wood shown above) effect trumps necessity.

Torafu Architects hotel room niche wall

Perhaps the most impressive part of the design is how much work it takes to accomplish such highly-specified three dimensionality in constructing an interior wall space custom fit to all of these particular needs and fitted with the necessary plug-ins and power sources.

Torafu CNC milling

As an interior design, one of the most intriguing parts of this space is that the wall itself becomes the object of aesthetic interest in the room – the token piece of artwork hung on it and lit from behind fades somewhat into the background within the mess of other design moves.

Torafu storage wall niches

At once modern in its simplicity and postmodern in its execution, this may or may not be destined to take over as a common interior design strategy but would certainly make for a more interesting stay than one is accustomed to at a typical hotel.

“An old hotel was renovated and reopened as CLASKA in Meguro, Tokyo September 2003.For the project, we were approached to design 3 rooms for long-term guests. Part of the project brief was to include in each room an AIBO, a pet robot produced by Sony, and artwork by Japanese contemporary artists. The first step in the design process was to focus on all necessary items in the room including artwork, AIBO, room furniture and guest’s belongings.”

“Since they are of all different sizes and shapes, we proposed to use a piece of thin wall with some laser cut holes as a TEMPLATE to display these items. This gives the room its function and design concept.”

“As for making functional rooms, we must make guests feel comfortable even in such a small space (18m2). Therefore, we concentrated most of the necessary function in the wall. For example, most lights in the room are indirect lights from the wall. Also furniture such as a closet, desk and chair were built-in the wall. Guests get most of their things done with minimum movement by dealing with one wall.”