HOP Group Holdings
Housing Operation Architects Inc.

Kazuhiro Ishide

Kazuhiro Ishide

Chairman, Representative Director and CEO of HOP Group Holdings Inc.
Chairman and Representative Director of Housing Operation Architects Inc.

1973
Entered Fujita Koumuten Co., Ltd. and learned skills of a carpenter specializing in construction and restoration of historical architectures such as shrines, temples and palaces (miya-daiku)
1989
Launched ATELIER AM, a first-class architectural studio and presented its works across the country with leading a group of up-and-coming architects
1996
With the assistance of Forestry Agency and Hokkaido Government, invented HOP (Housing Operation) that is a new housing supply system where a process of securing domestic timbers, sawing lumbers, designing and construction has turned into a cooperative one
2001
Forestry Agency Director-General Award
(A Leading company for timber supply system)
2006
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award
(Consumer Oriented Excellent Company)
2010
Special environment prize"japan venture awards 2010"hosted by ministry of economy
Books
1999 Photograph Essay Collection “KOKOROKIKO (Mind book of travel note)”
2005 Reference book before building a house “House doctor consultation room”
2008 The world of Kazuhiro Ishida and Atelie AM (ART BOX company)
2014 JAPANESE BEAUTIFUL RESIDENCE(Gentosha Lnc.)
Eriko Seki

Eriko Seki

President and Representative Director of Housing Operation Architects Inc.

2002
Entered Housing Operation Architects Inc. and assigned to the office of president
Engaged in the establishment of the Eastern Japan branch office
2006
Assumed the position of General Manager for PR of HOP Group
Established web marketing strategies in the new era
2011
Assumed the position of General Manager of the HOP Eastern Japan branch office and concurrently served as the branch office manager
Built infrastructures towards nationwide developments
2013
Assumed the position of Director
2015
Served concurrently as General Manager for General Affairs
2016
June
Assumed the position of President and Representative Director of Housing Operation Architects Inc.

The characteristic beauty, only the ones with running over the time can obtain, resides in traditional building, and it will continue to remain in Japanese minds as eternally unchangeable values.
These traditional beauty styles harmonize with a modern new sensitivity and it breathes design and planning capability into a life – and the kindness and technical capability with which people make the best use of it for the architecture. The coherent notion, covering from design to construction, can create one single architectural work.
Warmth and texture, residing only in real materials, are indispensable for a living space creation. Assurance of making a selection for raw materials and assurance of technical capability to use up the materials materialize a real architecture. We believe not to create a town, which only can be seen as a large-sized garbage 20 years later. Therefore, we are considering aiming at house building and architecture that we build a house with profound meaning as the time moving on and with emotional attachment as becoming an antique.

Company Profile

Headquarters building

Headquarters building

HOP Group Profile

HOP Group Holdings Inc. Housing Operation Architects Inc. HOP Factory Inc. First class authorized architect office Atelier AM Inc.
Sapporo headquarters
2-1 Kita 4-jo Nishi 21-Chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido MAP
Tel. 011-615-7777 Fax. 011-614-8913
Eastern Japan branch
Queens Tower A 7F Minatomirai 2-chome Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken MAP
Tel. 045-224-8511 Fax. 045-224-8513
Company Name Housing Operation Architects Inc. (Commonly known as HOP)
Establishment May, 1997
Capital 99 million yen
Head of company

Chairman and Representative Director :Kazuhiro Ishide(Representative and CEO of HOP Group)
President and Representative Director :Eriko Seki (Served concurrently as General Manager of the HOP Eastern Japan)

a board member Director:Yuichiro Kawabata(Supervision of Building)
Director:Masaki Harada(Supervision of Design)
Director:Tomoki Ohmoto
Auditor:Tadanori Kawabata
Location Sapporo headquarters
2-1 Kita 4-jo Nishi 21-Chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

Eastern Japan branch
Queens Tower A 7F Minatomirai 2-chome Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken

Obihiro branch
10 Chome 20 Banchi -1 Nishi 2-jou Minami, Obihiro-shi Hokkaido
Main Bank Hokuyou Bank Kita 24-jou Branch
Mitsui Sumitomo Bank Sapporo branch
Number of Employees 73 employees
Technical 50 employees (15 employees as first-class architect)
Planning 14 employees
Administrative 9 employees
Authorized Constructor Authorized by Minister of land, infrastructure and transportation
(Special Provision-27) No.21396
Authorized Architect Office First-class Architect Office (Ishikari)No.3402
First-class Architect Office (Kanagawa)No.15413
Other Registered for Housing Performance Warranty Program
Registered for Japan Inspection Organization(JIO)
Member of Architectural Institute of Japan
Awards 1997 Good Design Hokkaido Award
2000 Hokuyou Investment North Pacific Entrepreneur - Grand Prize
2000 Sapporo Chamber of Commerce - Northern Entrepreneur Encouragement Prize
2001 Forestry Agency Director-General Award (A Leading company for timber supply system)
2006 Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (Consumer Oriented Excellent Company)
2010 special environment prize"japan venture awards 2010"hosted by ministry of economy
HOP Group Atelier AM First Class Architectural Studio Co., Ltd. located at Sapporo
Atelier AM First Class Architectural Studio Co., Ltd. located at Tokyo
HOP Factory Inc.
Related Companies Lap Project Office Co.,ltd

History of HOP Group

1974 (April) The present HOP Group Representative Director, CEO Kazuhiro Ishide joined Miyadaiku Fujitakoumuten and learned the techniques of carpenter for temples and shrines
1978 (June)

Presented G residence as a debut work, designed by Kazuhiro Ishide

G residence  Exterior Appearance
1984 (April)

Established Fujitakoumuten Co., Ltd.
Tatsuo Fujita, the president of Fujitakoumuten Ltd. and Kazuhiro Ishide established Fujitakoumuten Co., Ltd. by joint investment
Kazuhiro Ishide, inaugurated as Representative Director, Executive Managing Director

1986 (October)

Fujitakoumuten Planning office AtelierAM (ARCHITECTURAL MEMBERS) first-class architectural studio establishment <Prestige 21 2nd Floor, 21 Chome Kita 4-jou Nishi Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi Hokkaido >

AM the first work Prestige 21.  Opened the office on 2nd Floor
1987 (March)

Sponsored “Encounter with Bizen” exhibition by six Bizen ceramic artists at YAMAHA Event Hall

(Left) Exhibition Entrance  (Right) Exhibition Site
1989 (August)

Enlargement first-class architectural studio AtelierAM co.,ltd. .Established.
Since then, presented architectural works at Architectural Institute of Japan Hokkaido branch every year.
Became a member of Architectural Institute of Japan and Hokkaido Design Conference

1990 (September)

Constructed the head-office building and moved the head-office to 2-1, 21 Chome Kita 4-jou Nishi Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi

Exterior appearance of the head-office building

On the first floor of the head-office building, “AM・Art Gallery” was opened as a place to consider of arts and housing culture. Subsequently, it provided a place for many artists to present their works as a sending base for Hokkado’s latest art till 1999.

(Left) Gallery Entrance  (Right) Opening event “Tomo Hirai Work Exhibition”
1992 (April)

Started a serial publication “Kazuhido Ishide/KOKOROKIKO (Mind book of travel note)” at Monthly Sapporo (serially published till 1999)

Serially published “Kazuhido Ishide/ KOKOROKIKO (Mind book of travel note)” till the publication discontinuance of “Monthly Sapporo”
1995 (January) Established “Hokkaido New Housing Industry Development Association” with 13 people  such as architects and University researchers as its members.
1995(October)

Held “the first Hokkaido Artist Ashibetsu Selected Exhibition” (Sponsored by AM・Art Gallery/Supported by Ashibetsu-shi)

Sponsored the exhibitions for art works from Hokkaido or other places, the art works provided by AM・Art Gallery
1996 (October)

Cut-down, sawing, drying for Thinned timbers of Sakhalin fir are carried out together with cost reduction and established “New Housing System Development Cooperative Society” for the purpose of securing stable materials and organizing forestry traders in Ashibetsu. 

Thinned Hokkaido timbers with approximately 50 years old from artificial forest.
1997 (March) Certified as “Forestry Agency General Operation for Lowering Cost of Timber Supply”
1997 (April) By the collaborative research with Hokkaido Forest Products Research Institute, we stared a collaborative development for a way of drying regarding thinned Sachalin fir material, once thought to be difficult to use as architectural material till then.
1997(May)

Established Housing Operation Project Inc. (Commonly known as HOP)
Started HOP Group system

1997(October) Held the second Hokkaido Artist Ashibetsu Selected Exhibition

The head office building of Kitanihon Seiki Co., Ltd. received “Good Design Hokkaido Award”.

Exterior appearance for the head office building of Kitanihon Seiki Co., Ltd.
1998 (March)

Constructed HOP model house in Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, with using thinned Sachalin fir as the structural material.

Exterior appearance of HOP model house
1998(April) By receiving the adaptation of coordinator system by Hokkaido Industry Cluster Operation, we drew up the directionality and concrete measure of the nationwide development by franchise chain system.
1999 (March)

Constructed three high temperature drying equipment for thinned Sachalin fir material and high performance corrective pulling factory by the joint investment with New Housing System Development Cooperative Society

Timbers are taken out from a specialized drying pot, manufactured by a collaborative research with Hokkaido Forest Products Research Institute.
1999(April)

Received a certification of “High Durability Model for Wooden House Rationalization System” from Ministry of Construction’s Japan Housing and Wood Technology Center 

Certification of “High Durability Model for Wooden House Rationalization System”
1999(June) Housing Operation Project Inc. acquired 100% issued shares of Fujitakoumuten Co., Lte. and became the representative of HOP Group.
2000

Awarded “Northern Entrepreneur Encouragement Prize”, sponsored by Sapporo chamber of commerce

The testimonial of “Northern Entrepreneur Encouragement Prize”
2000(October)

Exhibition at the 14th Tokyo Business Summit

Executed information/business negotiation event for management executives
Awarded “North Pacific Entrepreneur - Grand Prize”, sponsored by Hokuyou Investment Inc.
2000(Novemeber)

Exhibition at Eco-Future-Messe

The testimonial of “Northern Entrepreneur Encouragement Prize”
2001

Awarded “Northern Entrepreneur Encouragement Prize”, sponsored by Sapporo chamber of commerce

 The testimonial of “The First Wood Supply System Excellent Operation Forestry Agency Director-General Award”
2001(June)

Received a certification of “Environment-Symbiotic House” by the Judicial Foundation Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation.

Certification of “Environment-Symbiotic House”
2001(July)

Opened Eastern Japan branch (HOP Eastern Japan) in Yokohama Minato Mirai 

Overall appearance of Eastern Japan branch
2002 (September)

Held “HOP’s Forest/Tree Planting Festival”.  The festival is held every year hereafter.

“HOP no mori (HOP’s Forest)/Tree Planting Festival” in Nohana Minami, Ashibetsu-shi
2003 (February)

Opened Kyoto branch

Exterior appearance of Kyoto branch
2004 (March) Established NPO Foundation “Mori wo tateyou network (Let’s build a forest network)”
2004(November)

Held the first “HOP Mori no kyoushitsu (Class for Forest) in Honen-in temple” in Kyoto (Guest Mr. Soushitsu Sen)

The first “HOP Mori no kyoushitsu (Class for Forest) in Honen-in temple”
2005 (October)

Held the second “HOP Mori no kyoushitsu (Class for Forest) in Honen-in temple” in Kyoto
(Guest Mr. C.W. Nicol)

The second “HOP Mori no kyoushitsu (Class for Forest) in Honen-in temple”  Guest Mr. C.W. Nicol
2006

Awarded “Northern Entrepreneur Encouragement Prize”, sponsored by Sapporo chamber of commerce

Awarded from Ms. Satsuki Katayama, a ministerial advisor for the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and a member of House of Representatives
2007 (May) Opened Obihiro branch
2007(June) Opened Asahikawa branch
2007(August)

Presented “MIYANOMORI HOP HOUSE” as the 10th year’s anniversary of HOP establishment

Exterior appearance of “MIYANOMORI HOP HOUSE”
2007(November)

Held the third “HOP Mori no kyoushitsu (Class for Forest) in Honen-in temple” in Kyoto
(Guest Mr. Wahei Tatematsu)

The third “HOP Mori no kyoushitsu (Class for Forest) in Honen-in temple” Guest Mr. Wahei Tatematsu
2008 (January)

Published a collection book “The world of Kazuhiro Ishida and Atelie AM” (ART BOX company)

The second “HOP Mori no kyoushitsu (Class for Forest) in Honen-in temple”  Guest Mr. C.W. Nicol
2008(March) Kyoto branch started as HOP Kyoto

Held the forth “HOP Mori no kyoushitsu (Class for Forest) in Sapporo”
(Guest Mr. Kenji Omori)

The forth “HOP Mori no kyoushitsu (Class for Forest) in Sapporo” Guest Mr. Kenji Omori
2008(June)

Three companies in HOP Group acquired SGEC forest certicication.

SGEC
2008(December)

Developed and obtained a patent of a wood drying/treatment technology for thinned wood from planted forest.

Ashibetsu factory is equipped to make slits on all four sides of wood for drying.
2009(June)

Ishide Kazuhiro, Representative of HOP group, was featured in “CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN JAPAN vol.3”(published by ART BOX international) .

CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN JAPAN vol.3
2009(July)

Published a report “Seizan Ryugi”

Seizan Ryugi
2009(November)

Moved and expanded Obihiro office.

2010(February)

Won Special Environment Prize at “Japan Venture Awards 2010” hosted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.

Japan Venture Awards 2010
2010(February)

Produced “Toy Blocks made by Carpenters”, utilizing wood offcuts in Hokkaido.

2010(June)

Housing Operation Inc. has merged with Fujita Corporation and the company name has been
changed to ‘ Housing Operation Architects Inc.

HOP
2011(March)

Hokkaido IT management Contribution Award hosted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
HOP’s president and CEO, Kazuhiro Ishide was nominated as Hokkaido’s representative.
The company was commended by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as an excellent and normative company in Hokkaido which practices management with IT.

SGEC
2012(April)

We completed the house of Mr. K in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo.
It was picked up by "Kateigaho", nationally distributed in Japan, and by a television program "Tatemono-Zukan", and other.

K residence Appearance
2012(June)

The house of Mr. S in Kanagawa was introduced as "a final dwelling which changes your life " by the magazine "Nihon no Meitei, best residence which changes your life", by Shogakukan nationally distributed in Japan.

2013(March)

HOP Factory participated in LWL – Living Wellness in Luxury.
LWL’s lifestyle concept of new era that seeks comfort and luxury at home attracts the world’s top brands.

lwl
2014(April)

Grandly opened HOP’s New Concept House, orchestrating the world’s top brands (LWL).

Exterior view of the New Concept House
2014(September)

EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Japan – an entrepreneur awarding system.
HOP’s president and CEO, Kazuhiro Ishide was nominated as Hokkaido’s representative.

2014(October)

As the first project of HOP New Concept House Gallery, we held exhibition of Bizen Fujiwara Sandai – Genealogy of Living National Treasures, Kei, Yu and Wa –.

2015

The new brand "STEP LINE" has started. The announcement of "STEP LINE 100 PLANS" which seeks living space that fits life nicely with the concept of "Simple & Smart."

2016

HOP 20th Anniversary

2016(June)

Mr. Kazuhiro Ishide assumed the position of Chairman, Representative Director and CEO of HOP Group Holdings Inc. as well as the position of Chairman and Representative Director of Housing Operation Architects Inc.
Ms. Eriko Seki assumed the position of President and Representative Director of Housing Operation Architects Inc.