Designed for two women, this enchanting complex in Shizuoka, Japan may be one of the coolest retirement homes in the world
Located in Japan’s rural and mountainous Shizuoka Prefecture is Jikka, a beautiful multi-home structure built for two women in their 60s.
Jikka was designed by Tokyo-based architect Issei Suma. Constructed with concrete and timber, the teepee-like design is based on the surrounding mountains and contains everything one might need for a blissful retirement.
The 100-square-meter site serves as the women’s home and workplace: it has a shared bedroom, guest room, kitchen, dining area, and bathroom, along with a wheelchair-accessible, spiral shaped pool. The ladies live on site with their caretakers. In addition to being a home, the complex also prepares and delivers meals to nearby seniors and offers nursing care to those with disabilities.
The complex is composed of five buildings; each has a square-shaped plan and the buildings all overlap each other. The walls are arch-shaped and the roofs are pointed, giving the buildings a tent-like shape. Wooden panels wrap the external walls.
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