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Teepee-Shaped Home Complex in the Mountains of Japan

 built a five-building home complex for two ladies in their 60’s in a Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture called Jikka in a form of modernized teepees. The teepee-shaped home complex serves as a home and workplace for a social worker and a cook, who facilitate food delivery service for older people as well as provide nursing care to those with disabilities.

Small structures appear from the Shizuoka hilly green landscape as conical mushrooms with a light wood siding and numerous glass sliding doors, connecting the ascetic interiors with the lush outdoors.

Modern Teepees 900x643 Teepee Shaped Home Complex in the Mountains of Japan
Modern Teepees
Five teepee shaped buildings by architect Issei Suma make up the complex 900x643 Teepee Shaped Home Complex in the Mountains of Japan
Five teepee-shaped buildings by architect Issei Suma make up the complex

Although each individual teepee seems rather small, together the complex amounts to generous 100 square metres (1076 sq. ft.). Inside, there is a spiral paddling pool and a spacious kitchen with a huge concrete island and a cozy dining area.

Each teepee block has its own function and purpose. There are quarters for clients that include a shared bedroom, bathroom, and storage area. A guests block for two includes two beds, and the bathroom block that features a pool. The kitchen occupies the largest teepee.

Though small, it’s probably the best retirement home we’ve ever seen. And its scenic location definitely adds to the unusual architecture that doesn’t even appear to be of human origin.

Teepee-Shaped Home Complex in Japan

Jikka stands amidst the green landscapes
Jikka stands amidst the green landscapes
Closely knit together each building has an outdoor access
Closely knit together each building has an outdoor access
Arched glazed doors create a relationship between indoors and outdoors
Arched glazed doors create a relationship between indoors and outdoors
A dining area introduces a traditional wooden dining set and a rug
A dining area introduces a traditional wooden dining set and a rug
A big concrete kitchen island is a work space for one of the residents who's cook
A big concrete kitchen island is a work space for one of the residents who’s cook
Spacious kitchen
Spacious kitchen
Indoor paddling pool in the bathroom
Indoor paddling pool in the bathroom
Small structures feature wooden siding
Small structures feature wooden siding
Jikka home complex
Jikka home complex
Light from the houses disperses with a beautiful glow on the adjoining grass area
Light from the houses disperses with a beautiful glow on the adjoining grass area
Teepees look like houses of mysterious wooden creatures
Teepees look like houses of mysterious wooden creatures

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