Setsumasa and Mami Kobyayashi's weekend retreat, two and half hours northwest of Tokoyo, is a refuge in the Chichibu mountain range. Designed by Shin Ohori of General Design Co., the shelter is constructed from locally harvested larch wood and removable fiberplastic walls and is crowned with two yellow dome tents used as year-round bedrooms. There is electricity, hot water, and a kitchen - not to mention ipads, internet, and a clawfoot tub. This is what a modern back-to-the-land effort looks like.
Dwell, May 2011
The hubby and I have been daydreaming about a weekend retreat since we had our little getaway in the mountains a month ago. Weather has forced us to cancel two camping trips in a row, and visitors meant that our postponed trips would be further delayed. We are hopeful that we will make our escape back into the woods in the upcoming month, and several more times through the summer. We have discovered that the peace and quiet has become a necessity for us, a total recharge!
After finding my Dwell in the mailbox a couple of weeks ago, I spent nap time pouring over it on the screen porch. I could not get over this spread! It is just the most incredible and beautiful home, an absolute dream! Somehow it seems rustic and luxurious at the same time. I mean sleeping in the tent snuggled up with a book by lamplight.....it is simple and romantic! Showering under a bag of cold water or with a washcloth and a sink in a shared bathroom.....not so romantic. A bubble bath in a claw foot tub with a view of the mountains and fresh air blowing in.....AMAZING!
It's the best of both worlds, right!?