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Architect Designs 'Tree House' in Tokyo

Art Design

The Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata has always been interested in the tangled, organic structure of trees. A tree consists of roots, a trunk, branches, leaves and flowers. And it is made unique and beautiful by the moss and fungi that grow on it, and the bugs and birds and squirrels that inhabit it.

For Hirata, who worked for the luminary architect Toyo Ito for eight years before establishing his own office in 2005, his latest work, “Tree-ness House” in Tokyo, may very well be the perfect embodiment—a metamorphosis, if you will—of Hirata’s philosophy.

For more information on what that philosophy entails, and the genesis of the "Tree-ness House" project, read the full story at Spoon & Tamago via the link below!