Shishi-Iwa House: A gorgeous Japanese resort designed by architect Shigeru Ban
Heading to Japan soon, or on a lookout to stay at super gorgeous locations around the world?
Put this on your list to visit — Shishi-Iwa House in Karuizawa, Japan. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, this newly opened 10-room boutique resort is not only exclusive, but extremely restorative too, where you will feel a sense of connection with nature and architecture, while you're there.
The resort is designed with the aim of offering a space for reflection.
"Blending the interior and exterior spaces, we created unique openings in the guest rooms and social areas to allow best views of the garden and encourage outdoor access. Timber was our material of choice for the design, which is used to heighten the sense of warmth and coherence throughout the boutique retreat," shares Shigeru Ban.
It's a double-storey space crafted in a smooth, curvilinear form with an undulating roof. During the conceptualisation and builidng process, the architect made it a point to respect the site, with efforts to conserve as many existing trees in the property as possible.