Koichiro Ishiguro

Ishiguro is the man who makes the Odin magic actually take shape on the ground in Niseko. The award-winning architect combines considerable technical depth with a delicate esthetic sense and an innate feel for the character of the place.

Originally from Nagano in the Japanese Alps, Ishiguro-san graduated from Nagoya Institute of Technology in 1982, before setting off on a career that took him to Tokyo, then on to New York before settling in Hokkaido.

Koichi, as he is affectionately called, is now Managing Director of Atelier BNK in Sapporo. Working with Hiroshi Hara, he was Chief Architect on one of the highest-profile projects in his profession in recent years: the technically challenging Sapporo Dome project.