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These Whimsical Huts Serve An Important Purpose

These serene hideaways are more than just a mountaintop escape.

Set atop a Japanese mountain ridge, these little connected huts look as if they could be home to a fairy-tale hero. The truth is there are already some real-life heroes living and working away beneath these quaint little peaks.

Jikka,” as the complex is named, was designed for two 60-year-old women looking to serve their community. The five interconnected huts feature a large kitchen which allows them to cook for their meal delivery service. Additionally, the home features a room large enough to open up as a cafe each afternoon.

The social worker and cook who run Jikka have also reserved one of the huts as a guest room for any elderly or disabled person who may need care. The wheelchair accessibility feature of a remarkable bath adds to its beauty.

The structure was designed by Japanese architect Issei Suma and rests in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. “[It’s] something as unembellished as a primitive hut and something as holy as a chapel,” Suma told The Huffington Post. A perfect reflection of the work that goes on there.

Jikka’s style and design is as unique as its purpose.

#isseisuma #jikka thanx @dezeen ✨

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Two of the peaks feature beautiful skylights.

And the structure’s vaulted ceilings create an incredible sense of space.

伊東にあるJIKKAにて。 内装が斬新。 #jikka

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Here is the stunning wheelchair-accessible bathtub.

? Beautiful architecture #Jikka #isseisuma #bath

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And this time filled with water. Doesn’t it look like the picture of serenity?

Children and adults alike are captivated by the magical appearance of this hideaway.