Denpaku the beachfront Mijora is a complex of 13 independent villas located in Japan in the Amami archipelago and designed by Okuto atelier.
It all started in 2016 when both the local government and the few residents of the area, given the unpleasant situation that had arisen, decided to turn to Yasuhiro ‘hiro’ Yamashita.
The villas belong to a brand of tourist accommodation, DenPaku (伝泊), founded by the architect.
Yasuhiro Yamashita and his studio began renovating these vacant houses with the aim of passing on the local and traditional architecture and culture to future generations.
After several visits, the architect and his studio restored and converted all the existing structures, returning them to their original state as much as possible. Thus in 2016, they opened the first two rooms in Denpaku in the northern part of Amami Oshima.
Denpaku the beachfront Mijora has been designed to meet the demand for luxury accommodation on the island, while there are already plans for the future to build an intimate outdoor space, a place where guests and residents can meet and interact.
The 13 dwellings are divided on two plots of land, consisting of a bold origami-like reinforced concrete structure, topped by wooden roofs, inspired by traditional Amami architecture. The window that goes from floor to ceiling connects the interior with the exterior, creating a sense of uniqueness with nature thanks to the strategic location of the villas that makes them a dream place.