a rentable getaway for JAPAN’s city dwellers
when 517 people living in tokyo‘s metropolitan area were asked do you want to spend more time in nature?, 77% of them answered a resounding yes. japanese startup SANU has responded to this growing desire to get out of the city with a series of rentable timber cabins scattered across nature-rich sites in japan.
the cabins are envisioned as a ‘second home’ for members who pay a monthly fee of ¥50,000 ($441 USD). with this subscription, members can reserve and enjoy any cabin at any time. whether you’re looking for a remote workplace or just a bit of R&R, the tiny homes aim to you closer to nature.
images by timothee lambrecq
the cabins are designed by architecture studio ADX with an angular, mountain-like form. the prefabricated structures are made using 100% japanese timber and recycled concrete to reduce the environmental impact. the cabins are also designed to be easily dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere.
the compact space comprises an open and comfortable living room, a wooden deck where guests can have breakfast while admiring the view, a kitchen, a bathroom, a workspace, a wood stove, and a home theater screen. the interiors are characterized by a sense of warmth and openness while the main glazed elevation frames views of the natural scenery outside.
the SANU cabins are to be erected in a total of six locations by the end of 2021, all of which can be reached from the center of tokyo in 1.5 – 3 hours. by the summer of 2022, the company aims to have 90 cabins across 10 sites.
see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.