I’m not surprised that there’s a interest in the simplicity and zen quality of these spaces.
The speed of change and the complexity of daily life can give rise to a desire to simplify our surroundings and reconnect with nature.
People want their homes to be places that are serene and restful. They want to feel rejuvenated.
This is also part of a movement toward designing homes that have a resort aesthetic. External and internal spaces blend seemlessly. Robust and honest materiality connects you to nature. Comfortable light filled spaces with fewer internal walls are more efficient and draw family and friends together.
The aim is to create a place where people will rest physically, emotionally and spiritually.
There’s no doubt that our surroundings can lift our mood, relax us and create the opportunity to connect with each other.
The more disorder in the external world, the more we find ourselves attracted to inner spaces that help us feel calm and ordered.
I suppose it is all about balance and finding a way to stay calm and clear in circumstances that may far from that.
I recommend you have a look at the Houzz feature, Virtual Escape: Get the Japanese Ryokan Look at Home.