While going for a markedly urban lifestyle and replacing traditional nature-hugging abodes with concrete structures, we hardly ever care about the greenery that once used to surround these sites. Realizing that it’s time to make amends, the Tokyo-based architecture office of Akihisa Hirata proposes an organic residential complex in Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan, which is supposed to create an organic layering system.
Touting a narrow width and long depth, the organic layering system not only stacks floors, but also creates certain 3-dimensional exterior spaces. You will see an ambiguous, tangled space mimicking a tree that creates spaces in the air. Several box-shaped voids include closed spaces for bedrooms and outside boxes for the terraces enclosed by glass.
Greenery is planted around pleated boxes/cells to create 3-dimensional gardens on the perimeter of the building. The entire construction acts as a complex ecosystem with trunk, leaves and foundation that combine to create an organic layering structure for architecture.