Riccardo Tossani Architecture has been commissioned to initiate a Master Plan study with a focus on the main street in Hirafu.
Hirafu-Zaka Street, from the Welcome Center to the Downtown Café, is Hirafu’s principal gateway to the mountain and to many people the first impression of the resort.
“We have been commissioned by the NPB (Niseko Promotions Board), as part of their long range vision to enhance the character and substance of the entire Niseko mountain resort area, but we are also performing a lot of our work pro-bono,” master architect Riccardo Tossani said.
“The plan will initially focus on the signage and image issues with respect to the main street, and we will make a preliminary presentation in March.
“For the moment I can say that we will propose underground power lines, cables and hide unsightly infrastructure, as well as make sense of the cacophony of signs and visual clutter dominating the streetscape.”