This contemporary Japanese home with real trees in the structure is a masterpiece design project done by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates in Kagawa, Japan. Seen from the outside, the house looks perfectly normal, with a modern design and beautiful garden surrounding it. The ingenious part of this project consists in a pair of trees (an Azelkova and a Camphor tree), with sentimental value, that ended up being integrated in the house’s structure. This was real challenge for the architects and a big feeling of satisfaction for the owners that, still wanted to enjoy the trees as a part of their lives.
The trees were cut with their branches intact, dried for a couple of weeks, to lose water and then, integrated in the house’s structure as support columns, embellishing the living room, the dining area and the kitchen. The beautiful thing about this project is that now, the house has a story. It is all white, neat and breezy, undoubtedly an oasis for the clients that were looking for a glimpse of freshness and tranquility.
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