A landmark tower at the gateway to Niseko’s vibrant Hirafu Village, Muse stands sentry to the active pedestrian boulevard that is the heart of social activity in Niseko’s famed winter season. Perched on the edge of the Upper Village bluff, it faces the majestic volcano Mt. Yotei, with panoramic views from every 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartment.

Project Type: Hotels/Resorts

Completion: December 2014-Jan 2015

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An outstanding roof terrace and garden on the 7th floor is equipped for outdoor entertainment and private relaxation. It boasts a magnificent 360-degree view of the beautiful, surrounding mountainous landscape, including the ski fields on the upper side as well as the village below.

The architecture is clad with scale-like tiles that project at random angles from the façade, creating dramatic shadow effects in sunlight and catching wisps of snow for an ever-changing visual dynamic fully engaged with Niseko’s unique climate and environment. The darker earth tone colors of the heavily glazed facades recall the volcanic character of the areas geology, as well as the vernacular hues of traditional Japanese buildings.

Silver birch trees and abundant landscaping surround the building, and include vines that soften the rock wall plinth upon which the architecture proudly stands. Soft night lighting enhances the unique external wall texture, and playfully illuminates some of the more interesting formal architectural features.

Residents and guests of Muse enter through an elegant and spacious lobby with reception and concierge services, a lounge with views of Mt. Yotei and a gallery of art pieces selected by Interior Architect Atsuko Itoda.  A fully equipped ski and boot room adjoins, with dedicated lockers, bike storage and well-appointed large powder room. The Ski Room can be entered directly from outside by skiers granted security access.

The lobby gallery leads to a dedicated resident elevator, with several apartments, including the penthouses having private elevator access directly into the residences.

The apartments, varying in size from studios to four bedrooms, are appointed with an abundance of natural materials including timber, stone and wall fabrics, with soft earth tones and rich character and texture befitting an alpine chalet in Japan.  Cabinetry, kitchen and bathroom equipment and hardware are of the highest quality European and Japanese brands. Fireplaces adorn every apartment (except the studio) contributing to an ambiance framed by soft and programmable lighting and concealed but highly efficient heating and cooling systems

Furniture, accessories are of the highest order, predominantly European brands but with select items by renowned Japanese designers as well. Carefully selected by Atsuko Itoda for their iconic design character, sympathetic forms and simple elegance, cutlery, crockery, linens and daily items provide all the necessary comforts for a memorable stay.  Audiovisual entertainment is provided by widescreen TVs and the latest home theater technology in living rooms and master bedrooms, with remaining bedrooms equipped to accommodate the same if owners desire.

Bathrooms are spacious and filled with natural light, synchronous with the high level of luxury that pervades each residence. Japanese washlet toilet/bidets are a provided throughout, and large baths are configured in the Japanese manner so as to allow overflow into the standing shower area with out fear of flooding.  Rain showers add to the therapeutic experience intended for the bathroom design.  Well-equipped laundry facilities in each apartment including washer and dryers, together with generous closets and storage, as well as lockable long-term owners closets complete the range of amenities desired by the most exacting short and long-term guest and owner.

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Niseko, Hirafu

MUSE Niseko