Tree-ness house By Akihisa Hirata

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Tree-ness house By Akihisa Hirata

Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata completed a multi-storey project in Tokyo’s Otsuka district, which masterfully interprets his passion for nature. Although it is primarily a residential building, the " Tree-ness house " also contains spaces for commercial tenants at its lower levels.

The design of Akihisa Hirata, photographed here by Vincent Hecht, consists of three primary elements: boxes, which form a layered volume that includes numerous voids; folds, the openings in the boxes that create an ambivalent relationship between inside and outside; and the plants, the vegetation that establishes three-dimensional gardens around the perimeter of the structure.

The structure takes into account contextual elements, such as the road and other outdoor spaces. This creates what the architect calls a "tangled" space characterized by ambiguous internal-external relations. "A tree consists of different parts like roots, trunk, branches, leaves and flowers, but these parts are not totally independent," explains Akihisa Hirata.


Tree-ness house By Akihisa Hirata
Tree-ness house By Akihisa Hirata
Tree-ness house By Akihisa Hirata
Tree-ness house By Akihisa Hirata
Tree-ness house By Akihisa Hirata
Tree-ness house By Akihisa Hirata
Tree-ness house By Akihisa Hirata
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