Architect In Charge: Yasuhiro Yamashita
Design Team: Yasuhiro Yamashita, Ben Matsuno, Kazuma Kurita / Atelier TEKUTO
Construction Management: Yamaguchi Construction LLC, Marusan Kensetsu Kogyo Company Limited
Text description provided by the architects. DenPaku The Beachfront MIJORA is a collection of villa style tourist accommodations, designed by Yasuhiro “Hiro” Yamashita of Atelier TEKUTO. Situated along a beach in Amami Oshima, a subtropical island in southern Japan, each villa boasts a breathtaking view of the sea.
The villas are composed of bold origami-like concrete structure topped by wooden roofs, inspired by Amamian traditional architecture. The floor-to-ceiling window connects the interior with the exterior, creating a sense of oneness with nature.
The villas belong to a brand of tourist accommodations, DenPaku (伝泊), founded by the architect. It first started from renovating vacant traditional houses and converting them into lodging facilities, aiming to pass down the local traditional / legendary architecture, villages and culture to future generations.
The brand provides not only places for tourists to stay, but also elder care facilities and immersive activities for tourists to interact with local people. It is an ongoing project to revitalize the local community, involving tourists and the locals, in a sustainable way.