Hotel Okura

The historic lobby and main wing of the Hotel Okura is already gone, in the process of an extended renovation ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. From the time the hotel opened in 1962, it has been an iconic building, hosting U.S. Presidents and  heads of states from around the world. The hotel’s Orchid Room was a standard of mid-century modern design with rich wood walls and ceilings, plum-flower configured seating, and the distinctive “Okura lanterns”. While there was much hand-wringing over the modernization of the hotel by former guests, the hotel will be conservative in the changes of the overall interior design, even employing the son of the original architect, Yoshiro Taniguchi.

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