Announced in September 2008, the Niseko Taisetsu property development in Kutchan will be the Niseko region's tallest residential building. The 33 serviced apartments will also be Kutchan’s first combined Western/Japanese building.
Located two blocks south of Kutchan train station, construction is expected to start in 2011. The project is a collaboration between local property developer Niseko Alpine Developments (Nisade) and major Hokkaido builder Nakayama Gumi.
As serviced apartments, purchasers own the unit outright and let out the building through a letting agency to maximize profits from winter ski tourism in the internationally renowned Niseko region.
The name "Taisetsu" can have two meanings in Japanese: 大雪 (heavy / big snow) and 大切 (significant / important).
Building and Design
Each room is designed around views over the Niseko ski area and neighbouring active volcano Mount Yōtei which can be seen from every apartment.
The building will have a top central spire of 4 stories in height, holding a three-bedroom apartment on each story, allowing 360-degree views from each apartment.
A combination of studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms and three bedrooms, the building is stepped to create external terraces for rooftop garden areas.