Building: Villa 921
Architect: Shoko Murakaji
Location: Iriomote Island, Japan
Why We Like This:
Everyone wants a private tropical getaway. Villa 921 is just that. Designed by Shoko Murakaji, the small dwelling features an open design and wall-length doors and windows that meld the home into the surrounding landscape. Tucked away on Iromote Island, which is 90% tropical forest and is designated as a national park, Villa 921 is a quaint place to be reminded of nature—and the simple things in life.
The house contains a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, storage, and room for agricultural tools. The east side of the house faces sprawling farms and is warmed by sunlight throughout the day, which is five times stronger than on nearby main islands. The west side opens up to a lush landscape of tropical plants and animals.
The homeowner opted to go without a roof terrace and gutter system, instead allowing rain to fall down the facades and windows for natural cleaning. Large wood sliding doors protect the house from intense storms and hanging roof eaves can accommodate wind-protecting nets and shading panels.
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Photos courtesy Shoko Murakaji