ODIN is behind some of the most praised architectural creations in Niseko-Hirafu. Within the course of five years, the brand has created a portfolio ranging from chic contemporary alpine residences to an exclusive luxury lodge-hotel linking with one of the hottest restaurants – and bar – in the village.
Behind Odin’s approach is a vision to create a collection of contemporary alpine properties, mixing modern design and architecture with traditional and authentic materials reminiscent of luxury ski chalets. Following a commitment to responsible living, most of the materials come from sustainable, local sources with design features made of recycled timber. Other features are geared towards reducing energy consumption, such as geothermal heat pumps and low-emission glazing to prevent heat loss.
Odin has carved out a niche in Niseko’s high-end luxury segment. “Our distinctive brand of intelligent luxury is the result of our passion for original design, architecture and sustainable mountain living”, says Odin partner Nicolas Gontard. “We handpick architects, product designers and interior stylists specifically for each development. We worked with award-winning US firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as well as Hokkaido’s very own star architect Koichiro Ishiguro of Atelier BNK, amongst others.”
Praised for developing a strong relationship between buildings and their physical surroundings, Odin’s properties are frequently published in the architectural press and various coffee table books around the world. One of their latest coups is a capsule collection of furniture, which has won international praise. The Odin Chair, designed by up-and-coming design star Jamie McLellan, recently won gold in the New Zealand Best Design Awards.