Collaboration with award-winning architects and brands for new lifestyle destination
Hong Kong, February 1, 2017 — Eight Partnership has helped design and launch Odin Place in Niseko, Japan, one of Asia’s premiere ski resorts. Located at the main intersection of Niseko-Hirafu, Odin Place is a chalet-inspired destination with a diverse range of retail and dining options.
Eight sought to take the vision of the founders of Odin to create a distinctive, modern alpine signature for Odin Place. Eight collaborated with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the award-winning architects known for their Apple stores and the much-celebrated Grand Teton National Park visitor center.
“Niseko is an incredibly popular ski destination in Asia,” said Bjorn Fjelddahl, Partner at Eight Partnership. “Odin Place is intended to bring fresh energy to a ski village that dates back to the 1960’s and 70’s with a busy new landmark that injects life and activity into the neighbourhood.”
Odin Place is a three-storey building with an exposed metal structure, capped by a signature sloping roofline to emphasise the stunning view of Mount Yotei. It also features a central chimney and a fireplace on each floor. Eight’s team, led by Bjorn Fjelddahl, designed the interiors where the warmth of the timber complements an authentic exterior cladding and is punctuated by stone accents and large glass windows to allow for generous natural light throughout.
Odin Place has attracted brands such as legendary snowboard company Burton, with a flagship store on the ground floor, as well as luxury ski-wear from Moncler and cult label Snow Peak. Dining options for visitors during the day or night range from Koko, a café and bakery concept, The Alpinist for more hearty fare as well as the bar and bistro Musu - all designed by Eight. The Niseko Taproom offers local craft beer, while visitors can arrange activities through the Explore Niseko information centre.
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