Designed by TEAM Architects, The Heiku Resort & Spa explores the connection between buildings and their surrounding natural environment is located in Modiin, Israel. The Heiku Resort & Spa under Mt Gilboa, Israel, derives its inspiration from traditional Japanese hospitality values such as simplicity, restraint, accuracy, and usage of the natural environment as an integral part of the experience. The project setting – where Mt Gilboa and the Issachar valley meet – created an opportunity to assimilate its 70 units as ‘scattered rocks’, lying and jutting out along the slope, allowing for both existing trees and western breezes to seep in between the various corners. The dramatic hillside has a waterfall that bridges the gap between the landscaping and the main courtyard, surrounded by the reception and the Spa facility. The layout calls for visitors to take a walk through the landscaping while maintaining secluded conditions for the guests.