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Reviving Hyakushima: The Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI by Tetra Works

Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI, Onomichi, JP / Tetra Works

Japanese architectural firm Tetra Works has finished constructing a two-story rental villa covering approximately 160 square meters on the secluded island of Hyakushima, situated near Onomichi City in Hiroshima- the Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI.

Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI, Onomichi, JP / Tetra Works

Hyakushima, plagued by a dwindling population and abandoned lands, yearned for a revival. Local authorities recognized the potential of utilizing these forgotten spaces, and Tetra Works eagerly joined forces to bring their vision to life.

Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI, Onomichi, JP / Tetra Works

The architects meticulously designed the resort to maximize the island’s natural charm. Situated a mere thirty meters from the sandy beach, the building’s morphology and layout were carefully crafted to offer breathtaking views of the Seto Inland Sea.

Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI, Onomichi, JP / Tetra Works

The guest rooms, a haven for visitors, boast elevated viewing rooms that provide panoramic framings of the opposite shore. These rooms extend beyond the building’s perimeter, creating a whimsical wooden volume that adds a playful touch to the resort’s aesthetic.

Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI, Onomichi, JP / Tetra Works

To further enhance the guest experience, an outdoor space awaits on the west side of the AMERI resort. Here, a small jacuzzi deck beckons guests to unwind and soak in the island’s tranquility.

Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI, Onomichi, JP / Tetra Works

Enclosed by a wooden fence, this space seamlessly connects with the interior, blurring the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Large, horizontal openings invite the sea breeze to dance through the resort, creating a harmonious blend of nature and architecture.

Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI, Onomichi, JP / Tetra Works

Wood and concrete intertwine throughout the living spaces, exuding a sense of warmth and modernity. The terrace, adorned with a rocky covering, pays homage to the island’s unique coastal morphology, reminding guests of the island’s rich history and natural beauty.

Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI, Onomichi, JP / Tetra Works

Tetra Works, driven by a deep appreciation for the island’s charm, hopes that their architectural masterpiece will contribute to its revitalization.

Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI, Onomichi, JP / Tetra Works

Their ultimate goal is to pass down this legacy to future generations, ensuring that the Setouchi Hidden Retreat Resort AMERI remains a beacon of tranquility and a testament to the island’s enduring spirit.

Image courtesy of Shotaro Kaide