Akihisa Hirata completes tree-ness house in Tokyo
June 08, 2018 - Tokyo
Japanese studio Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office has designed the ‘Tree-Ness House’, a multi-story complex that replicates the structure of a tree.
The firm designed this residential complex in the metropolitan area of Toshima-ku, Tokyo, with the purpose of exploring the possibilities of “nature-like architecture”.
Challenged with a narrow plot space, the team decided to use box shaped living quarters, creating a Jenga tower block with intersecting sections and voids.
Many of the rooms open onto terraces that seamlessly extend the living areas onto the building's exterior. Planters accommodated on some of the ledges ensure a natural outlook from the windows and help to maintain privacy for the occupants.
An external staircase that wraps around a corner of the box containing the master bedroom at the top of the house ascends to a roof garden providing an expansive view of the city skyline.
In comparison to traditional housing designs, ‘Tree-Ness House’ is a more organic, intertwined layering system which hopes to bring its occupants and nature closer together.
Much like the way a tree’s branches and leaves create interesting structures from the root up, the design of ‘Tree-Ness House’ creates a labyrinthian space where nature and modern living converge.