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A Residence In Tokyo Found Inspiration In The Humble Tree

A Residence In Tokyo Found Inspiration In The Humble Tree

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht aerial view

Tree-ness House by Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office in Tokyo is inspired by the simplicity and inter-connectedness of a tree, it’s bark, branches and leaves.

There’s something to be said for the humble simplicity of a tree. One of the first things we tend to draw (visually communicate) as children is ourselves or our family, outside in a park beside a tree, the sun probably shining down from the corner.

This affinity stays with us through life, the simplicity of a tree developing into the desire to be close to, apart of, and with in, nature in a much broader sense.

And yet, a simple tree isn’t really all that simple. So found Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office. Their recently completed Tree-ness House located in Toshima Ku, Tokyo – as the name suggests – draws inspiration from the organic structure.

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht concrete boxes

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht void

“One tree is organically integrated with a combination of parts having different characteristics, such as a trunk, a branch, and a leaf. As with tree, we tried to create organic architecture that could be formed by a hierarchical combination of different parts such as plants, pleats (openings) and concrete boxes,” says the team.

Concrete ‘boxes’ are stacked three-dimensionally and provide an intriguing exterior along the streetscape. Inside, they form the fundamental structure of complicated voids and spaces that don’t necessarily line up on traditional levels.

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht concrete exterior

The bedrooms are made to be calm environments inside the boxes, while the exteriors become either terraces or gardens; the living and dining rooms are enclosed by glass walls offering a happy medium between indoors and out: the naturally occurring environment and the man-made.

Like a tree, Tree-ness house is strong and uniquely formed. The residence simultaneously provides shelter and connection to the world beyond its four figurative walls.

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Photography by Vincent Hecht

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht driveway

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht dining room

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht interior view

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht study

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht library

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht bedroom

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht bathroom

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht atrium

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht atrium

Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht streetscape

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