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Tree-ness House / Akihisa Hirata


It’s almost hard to believe that this MC Escher-like residential building in Tokyo is actually real. Designed by local architect Akihisa Hirata, Tree-ness House, as it’s dubbed, rises on a narrow but deep site in the district of Otsuka, reaching upward and outward toward the sky by way of protruding volumes, staircases, and terraces.

The concrete apartment features a façade that is notched with asymmetrical window boxes that appear to be folded, whose pleats and voids create built-in planters and terraces for greenery. Other volumes establish outdoor staircases that provide access to another level or to the roof — via Curbed

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