Co-created with Tokyo-based architect Go Hasegawa and Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, the Yoshino Cedar House explores how architecture can promote new relationships between hosts and guests beyond existing notions of domesticity and ownership.

Yoshino Cedar House was built with wood from nearby forests, using local master carpenters and craftsmen. It is run by and for the Yoshino community. 

The Yoshino Cedar House was designed to be shared and experienced by traveling guests and the Yoshino community alike. Guests will be able to book the Yoshino Cedar House through Airbnb. There, they’ll live with the locals who support the residence. The proceeds of each booking will goes towards the community of Yoshino. 

Every detail of the structure, from the locally-milled wood to the communal dining table, inspires connection to the people of Yoshino and their underlying traditions. Fish are caught along the river and brought into the home. Cedar is milled from the surrounding forest and is used to build the structure. Ideas are brought into the space and shared by guests and hosts alike. 

The Yoshino Cedar House aims to prove that the house is more than a physical space. It speaks a simple truth that we all understand: human beings seek community.