Architect Sou Fujimoto Reveals ‘Not A Hotel’ Ishigaki in Japan


The team at ‘Not a Hotel’ has collaborated with architect Sou Fujimoto to create a one of a kind holiday home. This unique concept home is located in the southeast of Ishigaki Island, Okinawa in Japan and can be reached by 11 minutes by car from New Ishigaki Airport.

The circular house on the vast grounds has no front and back. It blurs the lines between inside and outdoors with an open concept living-dining room overlooking the sea through seamless floor-to-ceiling glass.

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Not a Hotel Ishigaki blends in seamlessly with the surroundings, with a green roof. A roof that is covered with lush green grass, which is a major feature of the building, and where you can stand. From this place, you can’t see any of the surrounding buildings, and the opening cuts out your own deep blue sky.

Accommodating up to accommodate 10 guests in 4 separate bedroom, it is a unique holiday hotel home to enjoy the quiet beach, enjoy BBQ in the garden, have a drink in the living room overlooking the ocean.

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There is a pool and fireplace on the adjacent terrace. Beyond that, there is also an open-air bath with a panoramic view of the sea and a sauna, so you won’t get bored all day long. On the terrace, the 12m pool seamlessly connects to the sea in front of you. After a short swim, sit down on a chair and take a break in the shade of the island’s plants. After a break, return to the adjacent living room and enjoy your meal slowly. The house is open indoors and outdoors facing the sea, and you can spend a relaxing time while feeling the comfort of nature all day long.

The Not a Hotel team offer as holiday villas for rent, instead of than traditional hotel stays, citing that on average a second homeowner spends twenty days annually at their holiday home. To minimize this wastage, the Not a Hotel villas are designed to be shared among members.


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All photos: © Not A Hotel / Sou Fujimoto