Above & Beyond Resort villas

Ultra-modern luxurious villas along a quiet creek surrounded by silver birch trees


TypeBuilding development
Land development
Onsen development
ServiceProject Management
AreaKabayama, Kutchan town, Niseko
(Concept architect)
(Compliance architect)
BuiltCancelled in 2009
Budget> 100 mUSD with hotel
  • 22
  • 3F
  • 320 m²
  • 22
  • 4


This project was initiated by a team of expert hoteliers with extensive experience around the globe and, along with the hotel component, was meant to bring an international flavor and create the quintessential all-season resort in Niseko.

The truly ultra-modern design, with slick finish, introduced a fresh architectural style to Niseko’s landscape, literally and figuratively. The experience was enhanced by the surrounding silver birch forest and natural creek and the bath tub on the top floor’s terrace.

Above & Beyond Resort project was Franck Giral’s first project in Niseko.

The Global Financial Crisis of 2008 put an end to this project that was meant at the time to become Niseko’s new benchmark for international developments.

Main Features

  • 8
  • 1
  • 11 min walk to the ski hills
  • Surrounded by silver birch forest
  • Creek crossing the site
  • Mt Yotei view
  • Ski hills view
  • Long lasting concrete structure
  • Energy efficient exterior insulation
  • Low consumption LED lights
  • Private onsen tub on terrace
  • Dry & ski rooms
  • Laundry with separate washer & dryer
  • Owner's storage
  • Large terrace on top floor

Other Features

  • Western size European brand dishwasher
  • Built-in western size Miele oven
  • Concrete monolithic log fireplace
  • Heated exterior stairs
  • Stand alone ultra-modern bathtub
  • Wi-fi throughout the property
  • Flat roof
  • Natural cedar exterior cladding
  • Natural cedar timber flooring
  • Extra-wide window in living
  • Slick interior design finishes

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