Asia Resort Sketches by Kenya Hara
1.1 Ecological Workshop
1.2 Herbal Specialist, Architect, Communication Designer, Gardener, Investors
1.3 Buildings sprouting like wild mushrooms.
1.4 High-tech workshop: Work and relax can coexist here together.
2.1 Farm + Restaurant, Food grown here can be brought to the restaurant to create a unique menu
2.2 Indoor Restaurant.
The topic here is the desire to work and what kind of places motivate us. I found this brilliant concept by Kenya Hara who is the graphic advisor for MUJI and author of Designing Design. In his drawings he showed what resort would look like if we were to create a place with localities and using the “Aman Resort” as the foundation concept.
The “Aman Resort” is a hotel group formed by Adrain Zecha in the late 1980s. It currently have hotel spanning 24 countries world-wide including Cambodia, France, Indonesia, India, Morocco, Philippine, Sri-Lanka, Thailand, America, China and so forth. The number of rooms in the hotel is limited to 50 in order to ensure staff availability and maximum hospitality. The “Aman” concept originate from the word “Amanpuri” means serenity, a peaceful space. Aman Resorts make use of the location of the hotel landscape, local culture, traditions and specialities placing the hotel on the highest level of cultural hierarchy.
Hara recalls a conversation with hong kong based graphic designer Alan Chan/ 陳幼堅, once we fulfil basic needs(cloth, food, shelter) people will want “To Rest” but Alan said “To Travel” this is perhaps overcrowded environment of hong kong people seek escapism as an alternative but after the bubble economic era, Japan is showing signs of fatigue and there are a decline in Traveling.
In his discussion what makes a desirable resort Kenya Hara empathises the important aspect of user experience from the moment guest arrived to departure, the attention to detail in every aspect is showed with generous hospitality is the reason people pay for resorts.
Essentially, Hara suggest a place accommodate both of these qualities for people who had to flew from one place to another because of work they are constantly travelling with no fix dates for breaks. They could be in New York today and Amsterdam, Berlin tomorrow and Glasgow in another two days. Although their workload aren’t high but this kind of travelling has became mundane.
Performances like opera and drama stimulate us directly by communicating to us verbally. While mediating requires our thought to enter a state of calmness that transcend any form of speech. In our calm state we can pick up the faintest idea as vivid as we imagine. The place Hara spoke of could well be in that state of mind where people can learn the etiquette of appreciating nature in a comfortable environment where lust for escapism and stimulus doesn’t exists.
Similarly in Maslow’s hierarchy of need state that after we satisfy all physiological basic needs, food, shelter, water, sex, we will proceed to the next phase of self-actualisation which meant relax and work are closely related.