Travel is an opportunity to explore the world as well as ourselves.
Maana Homes is a collection of retreats created by two founders exploring the true purpose of travel. Each home tells a different story, but they all inspire a journey to connect with our inner selves and the world around us. Growth and comfort can coexist, our projects seek to find that delicate balance in between. To experience peace within is a new luxury.
A home designed for quiet contemplation and reflection, its understated spaces are intimate and tranquil. Muted and seamless, its pure purpose is to silence the noise within. Conscious restraint from the superfluous highlights the absence of material indulgence. An austere space of simplistic harmony, the home’s beauty is reflected with light, shadows, and forms.
The machiya is about a century old in a neglected condition with not many interiors we could keep. We carved out new functional spaces and restored its architectural integrity. The new spaces are designed as seamless as possible to create a visually serene aesthetic while highlighting the old structure. The ceiling of the house is opened up to reveal its beautiful original wood beam and structure. As we added the new master bedroom under the open ceiling, a skylight is added to bring in soft indirect natural light, and new walls are built for acoustic separation from other spaces, creating a peaceful cocoon.
Blurring the lines between art and architecture, Maana Kamo is an expression of what austere harmony feels like to us. A japanese tatami room designed with “slow life” in mind. The addition of an unobtrusive modern bench allows guests to enjoy the Kamo river scenery that changes along with all four seasons. When not housing futons, this versatile room can be used for yoga and meditation.
Photography with courtesy of Maana Homes