Japanese architect Issei Suma was born in Tokyo, where he acquired his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design at Keio University. After finishing his Master’s in Architecture at Columbia, New York, he gained experience at different architectural studios before finally establishing his own practice, named SUMA, in 2011.
Presented building, titled JIKKA, is located on the flattened top of a mountain ridge in Shizuoka Prefecture. The constructions were built to serve the needs of two ladies in their 60’s, a cook and a social worker.
Their goal is to help the Japanese community in need, therefore the teepee shaped multipurpose huts are not only for them, but they function as an accommodation, as well as a lunchtime restaurant for the elderly community. The building also features a guest room, which is equipped with a spiral-shaped sloped bath to help the disabled who are bound to a wheelchair.
To securely stand the test of time, the strong base of the tent-like structures are made out of reinforced concrete with a timber roofing. The versatile buildings with the strong concept behind them are the perfect example of social architecture, when form and function merge together with a strong aim to help the ones in need.