In designing the resort, Azuma first observed the ingrained lifestyles and rituals of the Taketomi natives. Everything from the ubiquitous red-roofed wooden homes to local songs and dances suggested a way of life perfectly tailored to the elements of Taketomi island.
The absolute sense of comfort inherent in the island's traditional architectural features greatly influenced Azuma's design. ""Gukku"" walls allow guests privacy; white sand gardens bring natural light inside; and trees planted north of each pavilion block strong winds.
Wind was a major factor in the pavilion's design. Wood framed glass doors face south towards the garden. Opening them allows the island's soothing breezes to travel freely through the pavilion, imbuing it with the rhythms of time passing on the island.