by James A. Loyola, Manilla Bulletin
Local startup Revolution Precrafted is expanding to Japan after bagging another international deal, this time to develop at least 85 luxury, design-driven prefabricated boutique hotel villas, at a beachfront property on Miyako Island, Okinawa.
The firm said this further reinforces its foothold within the global hospitality and tourism sector.
“This foray into the Japanese market is even more meaningful as Japan, home to 6 Pritzker-prize winners, is all about high design and forward-thinking architecture — everything that Revolution Precrafted is about,” said Revolution Precrafted founder Robbie Antonio.
He noted that “we have several Japanese architectural geniuses on our exceptional roster of Revolutionaries — Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma, Nendo Studio, and Pritzker architectural firm Tange and Associates.”
Antonio revelead that it is building luxury villas with sizes ranging from 23 square meters to 60 square meters on the island of Miyako, just as the region gains increased popularity and tourist interest.
Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture, significantly distinct from the rest of the region. Its beaches and temperate climate all year-round make it a top choice among travelers.
Miyako island, in particular, is the premier summer destination — boasting a 100 km coastal line, picturesque sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs.
Okinawa tourist arrivals rose to 9,396,200 in 2017, up 9.1 percent from the previous year, surpassing even Hawaii’s numbers. Tourist arrivals in Okinawa have been increasing over the past five years.
“This is only the first of many projects we intend to do in Japan,” said Antonio.