Reinvoking the streaming silhouettes of the mountain terrains! JIKKA conceived by Issei Suma represents an abstract depiction of the massif land in the form of conical caps cutting into the elevation at Ito, Japan. The site serenades the sinuous ridge, amassed by conjoined five huts crafted out of timber and escorting a thrilling ambience to its setting.
The JIKKA is a home for two ladies in their 60’s, to relish and cherish in the natural fabric. They are a social worker and a cook who has dedicated to serving the community with food and accommodation until the end of their remaining lives. The clusters are integrated with a collection of facilities including a spiral-shaped paddling pool and an expansive kitchen. The interiors are exposed as an unembellished contemporary primitive hut.
The scooped out hemispherical volumes are glazed to synchronize with the indoor and outdoor blending experience. Smooth curves and clinically cut slender timber strips scores all along the structure in perfect unison and crisp clarity. The five edifices are based on a square-shaped plan, overlapped over each other, while the walls take the form of an arch and the roofs soar up reminiscing a teepee-like advent. The interiors showcase concrete walls and timber roof beams serving the inhabitants with multifarious provisions.
Each block serves a different function, two to the west provide living quarters for the clients, with an attached bedroom, bathroom and storage space. To the east accommodates two beds for guests. One of the blocks houses the spiral-shaped pool, designed especially to ease wheelchair users to use the pool.
In the centre is the spacious stainless-steel kitchen where meals are prepared and arranged for delivery coupled with a small dining area. The kitchen opens to the public, and also functions as a lunchtime restaurant using local products. The JIKKA is a beautiful concept, simple and elegant to rest and re-energize in an abode atop the mountainous landscape.
Project Name: JIKKA
Architects: Issei Suma
Location: Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Area: 100 m²
Photographs: Takumi Ota
Manufacturers: Catalano, Toto, Acor, Tform