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Sumu Yakashima Housing Cooperative

Architect Tsukasa Ono designed this housing project on Japan's Yakushima island to have a positive impact on its natural setting, using a "regenerative" approach to improve the soil by promoting the growth of mycelium and bacteria.

Sumu Yakushima is a community created by eight co-owners and situated on a hillside site forming part of a farm with views towards the sea.

Tsukasa Ono told Dezeen that he and two friends developed the idea for the project in 2020 while Tokyo was in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We were temporarily living at my friend Yuki Imamura's hotel on Yakushima island," Ono recalled. "We started to make a concept for a small project but it was so exciting that the project kept getting bigger so we accepted some more good friends to join us."

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