Tiny birds nest tearoom roosts on a 300-year-old Camphor tree

August 18, 2016 by  
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Architect Hiroshi Nakamura drew inspiration for the Bird’s Nest Atami from crows that build their nests using clothes hangers, an approach he describes as “flying deftly across the dichotomy of natural and artificial…creating a functional and comfortable environment.” Those observations were applied to the design of the freestanding building that minimizes impact by avoiding contact with the 22-meter-tall camphor tree. Since the building site was set on a difficult steep slope, the treehouse was carefully inserted 10 meters off the ground using a combination of manpower, 3D modeling , and light structural elements that could be easily assembled and structurally sound. Related: Hiroshi Nakamura’s Nasu Tepee home features a cluster of timber-clad peaks mingling with the trees “It is architecture assembled by intertwining components small enough to carry,” writes Nakamura. “The architecture can adapt flexibly to the tree form (as opposed to “site form”) and melts into the forest crowded with dark branches.” The final result comprises a support structure made of wood and steel that culminates in the cozy Bird’s Nest Atami, mortared into the shape of a swallow’s nest with a cozy interior. A series of activities and other sprawling built spaces surround the raised teahouse, including a coffee stand, picnic area, and even zip lines . + Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Via Colossal Images via Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP , by by Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.

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Breathtaking Japanese cemetery hall gracefully blends architecture with nature

February 9, 2016 by  
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Spiraling wedding chapel in Japan looks like gently twining ribbons

February 10, 2015 by  
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What’s causing “milky rain” to fall in the Pacific Northwest?

February 10, 2015 by  
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Scientists may have uncovered the cause of a strange “ milky rain ” that fell on large parts of Oregon and Eastern Washington state last week. The unusual rainfall left a powdery residue on cars and windows, as well as a lot of concerned residents who wondered what it was and where it came from. Reuters reports that meteorologists now think the strange precipitation is the result of dust storms happening hundreds of miles away in Nevada. Read the rest of What’s causing “milky rain” to fall in the Pacific Northwest? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: meteorology , milky , milky rain , national weather service , Oregon , Pacific Northwest , precipitation , rainfall , washington , weather

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Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

May 16, 2013 by  
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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

May 15, 2013 by  
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