DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE
A weekend home with a spectacular infinity pool in the mountains of Okinawa, Japan, embraces the pure beauty of simple, minimalist architecture.
Japan is known for its exquisite craftsmanship and celebration of minimalism—and these qualities are at the heart of Infinity, a weekend home by Apollo, the Japanese architecture firm founded by renowned architect Satoshi Kurosaki. Perched atop a hillside site in the mountainous region of Gushiku Mui in northern Okinawa, the residence is defined by its precise architectural lines, sweeping views towards the ocean below, and a dramatic infinity pool that seemingly melts into the surrounding landscape.
Proving that size is no indication of luxury, the compact two-bedroom home is 233m2, with a large entrance garden that sets the scene for the boutique resort-style interior. The ground floor is dedicated to an open-plan living-dining-kitchen area that wraps around a landscaped courtyard, while the more private bedroom spaces are located on the second floor.
However, the highlight of the home is, without a doubt, the pool and outdoor areas. The living room opens to a shaded terrace leading to the resort-style infinity pool, which offers views over the forest and the ocean, offering the residents the opportunity to truly disconnect from everyday life. On the second floor, the two bedrooms open out to a full-length balcony with an outdoor jacuzzi, and an exterior staircase leads to a rooftop terrace with dazzling 360-degree views.
According to the architect, the holiday home responds to the growing trend toward remote working. It represents a new vision for discerning homeowners who want the best of both city living and luxurious getaway.
“As the nature of both work and lifestyles changes dramatically, maintaining residences in both urban and non-urban areas will become a standard option for people who want to vary their lifestyle,” says Kurosaki. “The long-dominant model of the single-purpose ‘private home’ may well be giving way to a new kind of multi-purpose ‘public home’ along the lines of what we have conceived in this project.”