These wooden tent-like structures have been designed by Tokyo architect Issei Suma and they accommodate a group of elderly residents from a small Japanese community. The small resort is called ‘Jikka’ and it consists of five structures with an assortment of facilities that include a spiral-shaped paddling pool and a spacious kitchen. The buildings were originally designed for two 60 year plus ladies
(with food regularly delivered). It can be found on a rural site in the mountainous and picturesque Shizuoka Prefecture. The complex, approximately 100m2 is able to act as both home and workplace. Each of the five buildings is square-shaped in plan, and they all overlap one another. Walls take the form of arches, while roofs are pointed, giving the structures a teepee-like appearance. Different buildings serve different functions. In this case, the largest central block has a spacious stainless-steel kitchen (where delivered meals are prepared). This room also includes a small dining area. Two other blocks towards the West, offer 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. The space was launched back in 2012 and has just come onto the EM radar. We feel that the issue of elderly living-quarters remains under exposed and this example might begin to act as a catalyst and prototype for future efficient living models that engage elderly communities fruitfully. Great!