Airbnb + Go Hasegawa's Cedar House in Yoshino, Japan
on 12 June 2017
In Japan's Nara prefecture, the rural town of Yoshino now plays host to a community-run Cedar House, available on Airbnb. Designed by the accommodation service's studio (known as Samara) and Tokyo-based architect Go Hasegawa, the building was constructed by local foresters, woodcutters and carpenters. And while the townspeople have been integral in its development, all of the wood was sustainably sourced and milled locally. The project's mission was to preserve the town's cultural traditions and it acts first and foremost as a shared space for the community. It's also stunning in its clean, minimal design.