HDHP, a social enterprise sponsored by HDH Capital Management, has appointed Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Ryue Nishizawa, for its second Shishi-Iwa House project.

Set to open in 2021, the concept will be similar to the first retreat designed by fellow master architect Shigeru Ban, and aims to provide guests a sanctuary to reconnect with families and friends and to inspire intellectual creativity.

Located on the same street as the first property in Karuizawa, Japan, Shishi-Iwa House by Ryue Nishizawa and its close proximity to the Shigeru Ban-designed property will allow guests to share communal areas, and enjoy the two projects by renowned Japanese architects side by side. 

Shishi-Iwa House by Ryue Nishizawa will be a seminal architectural masterpiece, paying homage to traditional Japanese residential architecture based on the shaku-kan grid system, hinoki cypress wood and garden courtyards. Nishizawa will be responsible for both architecture and interiors, allowing a coherent and integrated approach to the design.

With a focus on sustainability and human scale, the retreat is designed as a cluster of 10 interconnected pavilions using locally-sourced hinoki cypress as the main building material.