This stunning complex of teepee-like cottages is home to retired Japanese women.
It makes sense that at the end of one’s work career, they’d desire to escape the city grind and live peacefully in a secluded location. Perhaps the epitome of what most people would look for at this point their lives can be found in Jikka, a commune nestled among the trees in Shizuoka, Japan.
Designed by Tokyo-based architect Issei Suma, the teepee-like cottages encapsulate what the word ‘enchanting’ could hope to describe.
As MyModernMet relays, the cottages mimic the mountainous landscape and are isolated enough that the villagers – retired, elderly woman – can relax without being disturbed. Jikka was initially created to host two retired women in their 60’s. One was a social worker and the other was a cook.
Suma designed the curious cottages out of concrete and timber, and even outfitted the 100-square-meter site with a wheelchair-accessible, spiral-shaped pool.
The commune also serves hot, nourishing meals to nearby elderly residents who may not have access, ability, or the inspiration to cook for themselves. In many ways, this complex truly is the perfect retirement retreat.
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