An insight into the history of Niseko and the birth of Skye Niseko.
Originally an Onsen (natural hot spa) resort, Niseko was also popular within Japan but largely unknown otherwise. That all changed in the early 2000's and the Niseko area, Hirafu in particular, is now famous throughout Japan and around the world for its exceptional powder snow.
With its unique Japanese character and mix of international influences, Hirafu offers an experience not found anywhere else in the world.
Skye Niseko benefitted from an extensive multi-year planning process that began in 2010. The goal was to produce a product that is stunning to look at, fabulous to live with, complete in its offering selection but always without compromising practicality. Multiple international architectural firms were invited to provide design concepts, culminating in a proposal from one of Australia’s pre-eminent architectural and design firms, Architectus, comprised of two interlocking ‘L’ shaped buildings connected underground providing for extensive grounds but also ensuring that all living rooms and bedrooms have external views of the mountains and ski slopes.
Using the topography of the land and incorporating a private elevator for residents’ exclusive use allowed for the creation of an optimally located ski valet which ensures ski-in/ski-out access unmatched anywhere else in Hirafu. Within individual units, all living rooms are orientated to optimize the views for which Niseko is so famed, and all bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.
The public spaces, lobby, restaurant, spa, gym, onsen, retail, café have likewise been designed with matching care and attention to ensure that all residents’ needs are met. This has been achieved by marrying first class architecture with a similar quality of interior design handled by two world class interior design firms: Pike Withers, a renowned Sydney-based hospitality and residential interior design firm has handled all residential units excluding the penthouses; and Wilson Associates a US firm based in Dallas, Texas, known for some of the most iconic hotels worldwide has handled the interior design for the public spaces and the penthouses. The results are truly spectacular.