This fantastic Villa921 house by Harunatsu Archi is nestled in the remote island of Iriomote-jima, and it's designed to weather the tropical typhoons common to the region. Architect Shoko Murakaji designed the home with a super-durable solid concrete structure, and a series of fasteners hold a protective screen in place so that residents can still open their windows during heavy rains or wind.
Harunatsu Archi‘s Villa921 is situated four hours away from Tokyo in a breathtaking natural park that looks like an exotic paradise – complete with rainforest and swamp areas. Since the region is subject to tropical storms throughout the year, the studio sought to ensure residents could enjoy the surroundings from the comfort of their home. They included large windows that open out onto a stunning patio area, where residents can take in the view, while an extended canopy shades the space from the intense sun.
The simple idea behind the bungalow was to create a long-lasting sustainable home capable of withstanding even within the heavy tropical storms of the island.