BIG has designed three villas on a remote Japanese islet

On Sagishima Island, Not A Hotel Setouchi is a complex of three holiday homes nestled in the forest.

BIG has unveiled Not A Hotel Setouchi, a trio of rounded vacation villas designed in collaboration with the hospitality brand Not A Hotel on Sagishima Island, Japan. The three houses, characterized by sloping roofs with tiles and courtyards, blend elements of traditional Danish and Japanese architecture – according to Bjarke Ingels, much more closely linked than one might imagine – and will be surrounded by forests.

The interiors will feature expansive panoramic windows, with views of both the ocean and nearby mountains, as well as the woods, textured monolithic walls, wooden ceilings, and stone floors. External common spaces will revolve around a fireplace, and each villa will also have a sauna and an infinity pool. From each building, a network of paths will wind through the surrounding landscape.

In the past, Not A Hotel has also collaborated with Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, who designed a circular villa with a green roof on Ishigaki Island.

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