Shishi-Iwa House, designed by Shigeru Ban, in Karuizawa, Japan. The hotel, which inhabits a heavily wooded site, was designed sensitively around the trees.

Shigeru Ban-designed boutique hotel challenges notions of luxury hospitality

  • Pritzker Prize winner’s Shishi-Iwa House is a two-storey, 10-room timber building nestled among trees in the popular Japanese mountain resort of Karuizawa
  • Its design embodies the idea of social hospitality – about guests spending time together to exchange ideas, yet retaining their privacy
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Shishi-Iwa House, designed by Shigeru Ban, in Karuizawa, Japan. The hotel, which inhabits a heavily wooded site, was designed sensitively around the trees.
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High-rise housing, office skyscrapers and retail towers jostling for position in Hong Kong – one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Photo: Roy Issa

Can architecture help mental health? The high-rise housing designed to battle urban loneliness

  • Architecture firms Kwong Von Glinow and WOHA want to turn high-rise housing in places such as Hong Kong and Singapore into vertical neighbourhoods
  • The idea is to create tightly knit communities that enhance social interaction – a concept that architecture all too often ends up thwarting
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High-rise housing, office skyscrapers and retail towers jostling for position in Hong Kong – one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Photo: Roy Issa
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