Retired ladies dream life forest home is how I would like to live! Two retired ladies are fulfilling their life dream of living out their lives in a cozy forest home! Have you wondered how you’ll spend your retired days? A genius Japanese architect created this unique home for the 2 retired ladies with their caretaker and a cook.
Issei Suma is known for his intriguing buildings, but this structure shaped like 5 tents are really eye catching, due to the harmonious flow and the design that perfectly combined minimalism with an ecological style.
Suma created a home that appears to be 5 tents in the middle of the forest. The 3D structure is actually completely square with each separate component overlapping the next. The outside of the building is cool looking on its own, but once you step inside it’s difficult to catch your breath.
Suma designed the buildings for a pair of ladies in their 60s, one a social worker and the other a cook. Externally, the buildings are wrapped with slender wooden panels. The supporting structure is revealed inside, comprising both concrete walls and timber roof beams.
Called Jikka, the small complex is made up of five pointed structures. The largest block, located at the centre, contains a spacious stainless-steel kitchen where meals for delivery are prepared. This room also includes a small dining area.
Each block serves a different function. The Jikka contains an assortment of facilities including a spiral-shaped paddling pool.
The spiral-shaped pool also was designed to allow easy access for wheelchair users.
The two blocks to the west provide living quarters for the clients, including a shared bedroom, a bathroom and a storage area.
To the east, one block accommodates two beds for guests. It facilitates a food delivery service for older people, but also offers nursing care to people with disabilities.
Each of the five buildings is square-shaped in plan, and they all overlap one another. Walls take the form of an arch, while the roofs are pointed, giving the structures their teepee-like appearance.
Located on a rural site in Japan’s mountainous Shizuoka Prefecture, the 100-square-metre complex functions as both their home and workplace. The scenery of this forest home is magnificent!