Design for Aging: Jikka House

Updated: May 17


“Jikka” is the name of a special home serving to the elders in the surrounding and made up of five small hut-like structures joined together.


The building is located at the top of a mountain ridge and the hut-like structures were built at different heights to bring to mind the surrounding mountains. Japanese architect Issei Suma says he designed Jikka to be “something as unembellished as a primitive hut and something as holy as a chapel.”



Two Japanese women in their 60s—a social worker and a cook—have created the perfect set up for their plans: A place where they can care for older residents of the surrounding neighborhoods as they themselves live out the rest of their lives in Jikka. They do not only deliver homemade meals to elderly, but also open up their home to the public every afternoon and serve lunch from 12-4pm.