Walk #5: Imperial Hotel

Imperial Palace Portfolio 4
Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Walking Meditation #5
»The Headquarter« Imperial Hotel, April 23, 2017, 4:45 – 6:30 pm

24 pigment prints,  29 x 21 cm, framed (grid: 110 x 180 cm)

The Imperial Hotel was created in the late 1880s at the request of the Japanese aristocracy to cater to the increasing number of Western visitors to Japan. The hotel site is located just south of the Imperial Palace grounds. Three main buildings have stood on the hotel site, each of which embodied the finest Western design of its era. Including annexes, there have been at least 10 structures that have been part of the Imperial Hotel, including two designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. […] In the years and months leading up to the Games 1964, the hotels tried hard to get the various committees and federations to provide more exact numbers of guests. By the late 1960s, the Wright-designed structure was falling into decay, part of the building sinking into its foundation. The hotel was closed at the end of 1967, and demolished to make way for a high-rise structure. The Imperial Hotel will be the IOC Headquarter during the 2020 Olympic Games and demolished afterwards.