FILMED IN Autumn 2017, Yoshino, Nara, Japan
The miracle of the house results from the idea of the first Airbnb host cooperative. Thirty-one community hosts decided on forming a cooperative where ‘the village is the host’. Profits are shared, and a percentage is set aside for a Community Investment Fund that supports projects in the local community of Yoshino. Alternating the hosts stay with their guests who arrive daily from around the world.
Co-created with Go Hasegawa and Airbnb, the Yoshino Cedar House explores how architecture can promote new relationships between hosts and guests beyond existing notions of domesticity and ownership. The short film intends to show the ingenuity and simplicity of housing design and offers an uncommented insight into the primary uses and atmospheres one can expect when travelling there.