This Tree House has been Growing Silently in Tokyo

03.09.2018

©Vincent Hecht

Tokyo, far from the countryside, miles from nature… This architectural masterpiece takes root in the heart of the Otsuka in Tokyo in the east of the city. The ‘Tree-ness house’ inspired by nature, will almost make you forget you’re in the centre of one of the largest cities in the world.

We have Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata to thank for this tree-top construction. Across the multiple floors of the building, most of which is conceived to be residential, interior and exterior spaces blend together. Hirata’s main intention was to ‘create a futurist and wild architecture which awakens animal instincts among us, in which notions of interior and exterior are inversed multiple times over’.

The Tree-ness house is composed of three main elements: boxes which sculpt the structure of the house, folds which provide openings, giving way to this important relationship between inside and outside, and finally, plants and greenery which make up garden spaces through the building. It is as complex as it sounds; Hirata spent years working on his now-perfect Tree-ness House.

©Vincent Hecht

©Vincent Hecht

©Vincent Hecht

©Vincent Hecht