Skye Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Where traditional design meets modern technology

CREATING ATMOSPHERE THROUGH SPECTACULAR DESIGNS

Skye Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

  • Design architect:
    Architectus + Wilson Architectur
  • Project completion:
    2018
  • Product:
    AQUAPANEL® Cement Board Indoor
  • Application area:
    5,100 m2 interior walls
  • Type of building:
    Luxury hotel

Opened in 2018, the Skye Niseko resort in Hokkaido is one of the best ski hotels in the world. The hotel's multi-year design process resulted in a stunning building that is perfectly suited to its landscape, both inside and out.

The hotel was made possible through close collaboration between Australian architecture group Architectus, who designed the overall structure, and interior design practice Wilson Associates, who were responsible for designing the interiors. From the outside, the building's rounded exterior fits in with the “sweeping winds” of the Niseko Valley, while on the inside, materials were chosen that exude understated elegance and a feel-good atmosphere.

As the area was originally known for its mineral-rich onsen baths, the design of the spa area was a particularly important element. For the interior walls of the three onsen baths at the Skye Niseko resort, a material had to be found that could withstand the humidity and heat of the baths, but still give the architects enough creative leeway for the atmospheric design of the rooms. The AQUAPANEL® Cement Board Indoor was ultimately chosen as the perfect solution for the interior walls of the onsen baths and the bathrooms.

The AQUAPANEL® Cement Board Indoor is made of aggregated Portland cement with coated glass fibre mesh embedded in both faces. This makes the cement board 100% water-resistant, as well as mould- and mildew-resistant, meaning that moisture is no longer a problem in the spa or bathroom areas of the Skye Niseko resort. Weighing just 11 kg/m², the AQUAPANEL® Cement Board Indoor is very easy to handle and overhead installations are much easier. The cement board can also support tiles up to 50 kg/m² and surface quality up to Q4 level, facilitating spectacular design options. This has created the perfect conditions for a relaxing atmosphere where guests can make wonderful memories at the Skye Niseko resort.

The AQUAPANEL® Cement Board Indoor is the perfect board for exceptionally light performance, reliability and stability even in the most challenging wet and humid conditions, such as public showers and bathrooms, wellness areas, swimming pools, hot tubs and many more.

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