Tree-Ness House: Seeking Balance of Nature and Urban Life in Tokyo

Tree-ness House connects organic nature with residential architecture

Akihisa Hirata, a Japanese architect, has always had a fascination in the twisting, tangling, organic structure of trees. He saw trees as natural artwork with their beautiful branches, wonderful trunks, roots, leaves, and flowers. Trees also have a unique beauty due to moss and fungi formations. Trees are also a safe haven for squirrels, birds, and bugs that call trees home.

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Hirata was a luminary architect for Toy Ito for 8 years before starting his own business in 2005. His latest work is this fabulous Tree-Ness House in Tokyo which, without a doubt, seems to embody his entire philosophy.

tree-ness house tokyo

The Tree-Ness House took years to complete including all the conceptual stages. This artwork needed time to develop and grow, just like it takes years for trees to flourish. Hirata met his client, Taka Ishii in 2009 when he staged his installation of Flame Frame at the gallery’s offices. Mr. Ishii has three art galleries named after him, two are in Tokyo and the other is in New York.

(h/t: designboomspoon-tamago)

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

tree-ness house tokyo

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