Issei Suma’s Jikka Complex

WORDS Michaela Stehr

Tokyo-born architect Issei Suma is behind the design of Jikka, a tent-like complex for retirees in Japan’s picturesque Shizuoka Prefecture.

The space is made up of five domes, which function as both places of work and a housing facility. Offering nursing and care for the elderly with disabilities and running a kitchen that delivers food to the residents, Jikka is the epitome of community upliftment.

Jikka houses a selection of areas for different activities, including a large communal kitchen and a spiral plunge pool with easy access for those in wheelchairs.

The exterior of the building is made from light wooden panels, while the interior consists of concrete walls and timber wooden beams.