wu tang clan retreat by squirtstudio embodies the samurai spirit

wu tang clan retreat by squirtstudio embodies the samurai spirit


sitting on a hilly countryside of japan, the wu tang clan retreat envisioned by brooklyn-based squirtstudio (SQST) is dedicated to the study of combat and music composition. the idea sprouts from the familiar shape of a yellow straw roof standing out among rice paddies — characteristic of the japanese province. the silhouette of the inclined structure invokes the memory of staten island’s hip hop group logo: the wu tang clan. based on that, the team invested in a spiritual quest that has led them to study the texts and and teachings of the samurai — ultimately to create this artistic retreat.

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the design is illustrated in the same style as iconic japanese artist hokusai



squirtstudio‘s retreat is composed of traditional rooms: genkan (entry), ima (living room), daidokoro (kitchen) and yokushitsu (bathroom). in addition, it is constructed out of wood according to ancestral methods and complex woodworking. the only contemporary features are the recording studio equipment seen alongside chess boards and antique objects. the long footpath necessary to reach the refuge of the house plunges the visitor into another era, losing all the bars on their cell phone as they go along — saying farewell to the connected world and ‘welcome’ to the one of martial arts. the guests become deprived of their habits and routine, now devoting their time to music production without interruption. ‘we will see how this unique and holy place can influence the music created there’, expresses the team. 

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location of the proposed retreat, plan view

squirtstudio wu tang clan retreat japan designboom
contemporary features include recording-studio equipment, alongside chess boards and antique objects

squirtstudio wu tang clan retreat japan designboom
katana swords and marshall amplifiers

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layout plan



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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

  • Wu Tang refers to a Chinese Taoist/martial arts monastery, sometimes spelled phonetically “wudang” and WT Clan
    affiliates also have names borrowed from Chinese gung fu movies. They also make reference to Shaolin, the other
    martial arts monastery in the north. Where does the Japanese or samurai theme come from?

    Robert says:
  • You guys just lowered the bar for what you’ll publish.

    jim jeffries says:
  • designboom — is it a policy to not approve dissenting opinions in the comments section? I think you’re dishonoring the discourse of design by doing so. This project, and designboom’s standards, DESERVE to be talked about. If you’d like more substantial criticism, I offer this.

    The quality of the images in this submission are beyond sub-par. I can appreciate stylized renderings, but you have a few images put through bad Photoshop filters, and a few more that are half-a$$ed clip-and-pastes that don’t actually communicate anything about the project other than the fact that (i) it includes a member of the Wu-Tang clan (and/or Ghost Dog), and (ii) a “traditional” piece of Japanese architecture.

    As for the concept, NO, this design does not “invoke the memory of staten island’s hip hop group logo [by incorporating it into] the silhouette of the inclined structure.” It is a literal 1:1. It is the “duck,” as opposed to the decorated shed. I suspect designboom would choose not to publish the Longaberger Company’s headquarters.

    I say all this with actual respect for designboom’s eye for design. You guys do a great job 99.99% of the time. But this project lowers the bar.

    jim jeffries says:
  • WTF???????

    scott says:

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