The Ultimate Place to Escape To

The Ultimate Place to Escape To

Jikka, a charming retirement home in the Japanese rural prefecture of Shizuoka is a tiny commune of odd shaped cottages. These tent-like dwellings were designed by Toyko-based architect Issei Suma. The community was created to provide care for elderly residents of the small village.



The teepee-like design resembles the surrounding mountain range and offers modern comforts —perfect for those who are looking for some rest and relaxation after spending their lives working.



Initially created for two retirement-ready women in their 60's and their care-givers, Jikka is the perfect retirement retreat.



The complex features five buildings arranged in a square formation with a pool in the center of the complex.



The spiral-shaped pool, thanks to its unusual design, is easily accessible for wheelchair users.

The layout of each of the five huts is a square base that overlaps with the small building next to it, allowing for easy passage between rooms. On the outside, slender wood panels wrap upwards on the roof. Inside, timber beams and concrete hold the structure up.

Each hut serves a function with the one in the center being the largest. In the center room is the kitchen and a small dining area. Two blocks are reserved for the clients with a shared bathroom and storage. To the other side are 2 more bedrooms for the retirees' guests.

So if you're fed up with what the world is coming to (like most of us are) you know where to head to for some peace and quiet.
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