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Dancing Trees, Singing Birds

Dancing Trees, Singing Birds

This six-unit housing compex appears to stand in a jungle, but it actually sits in the heart of Tokyo. Embedded in a grove of mature trees, the building responds to the setting with eight cantilevered boxes that maximize the size of the apartments without requiring contractors to cut a single bough. Enlisting the help of an arborist, Nakamura achieved this feat by painstakingly finding the trees’ roots, then building around them. Above grade, he measured the branches and simulated their growth and movement to determine where to put the protruding rooms. The building was constructed without the use of cranes (because the equipment can damage trees), making for a relatively lengthy and costly process. But by tailoring the building’s form to the trees, Nakamura demonstrated that architecture can coexist amiably with nature.
Photo © Daici Ano

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