Sou Foujimoto’s Okinawa “hotel” concept seems to sink into the landscape

Not a Hotel Ishigaki blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors with its circular design and grass-covered roof, appearing from above like a ditch in the grass.

Renderings of the Sou Fujimoto-designed Ishigaki Island property – which will feature just four bedrooms – show that its design follows in the footsteps of his House of Music museum in Budapest, which adopted similar undulating circular forms.

Not an Ishigaki Hotel by Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects

The unbuilt hotel in Okinawa is currently still in the design phase, along with several others Not a hotel proposals (the hospitality brand is quickly making a name for itself in Japan, after adopting a crypto-backed NTF Membership Model which would see architect-designed world houses built by and for its members). The core to Foujimoto’s concept is the free flow of private spaces to the landscape: the grassy terrace is accessed through a pair of openings that open the building towards the landscape, as well as a small swimming pool.

It’s situated to make the most of nearby ocean views, with the shore side of the hotel wrapped in a wall of glass that opens to the outdoors. A 12 meter infinity pool also overlooks the sea, further dissolving the boundaries between the house and the landscape.

Not an Ishigaki Hotel by Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects

Not an Ishigaki Hotel by Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects

Not an Ishigaki Hotel by Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects

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