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