The landscape architecture was supervised by Hiroki Hasegawa, president of Studio On Site. As the buildings and nature of Arashiyama are protected by regulations that prevent its historical scenery from being altered, Hasegawa developed a blueprint that would preserve the look of the area while pushing it forward into new aesthetic territory.
This is not an entirely novel concept. At the root of every traditional Japanese garden is a clash between two conflicting impulses: the desire to achieve perfection and the desire to create something new by destroying the old. Hasegawa has achieved a marvelous balance of the two, and the gardens of HOSHINOYA Kyoto reflect an originality and charm derived from the rich traditions of Kyoto.
HOSHINOYA finds inspiration in the traditions of Kyoto and, from that inspiration, attempts to create an entirely new culture. This can be seen in the imaginative elements scattered throughout the premises — such as a footpath rearranged as a garden with a terrace, and antiquated materials that have gone out of fashion repurposed as paths leading from doorways.