Combining the sense of tradition and newness together
in between traditional and new architecture
Upon designing the villas, Yamashita put in a lot of effort to create an architectural form that represents the culture and nature of Amami. He studied the forms of not only traditional local hip-and-gable roofed houses and Amamian raised-floor granaries, but also that of local animals such as conch-shells found in Amami.
After creating numerous study models, a new form derived from traditional architectural vocabularies and the form of conch-shells was born.