Takashi Kobayashi is a self-taught carpenter and a tree house creator. He sees himself not as an architect, but as one of the “tree house people” who seeks to coexist with nature through art.
So far, he has built over 120 tree houses throughout Japan, with the desire for the “creation of a new architectural tradition” and the aim to delete the boundaries between man and nature.
Hideaway is one of his well-known whimsical tree houses located in crowded Tokyo. The place is hidden in Harajuku and functions as a café/bar. Once you get there, you’re welcome by a wood carved sign, a mail box and a long colorful stairs
From ground level you can already see the tree trunk and its huge foliage up in the sky.
Once inside Hideaway you are transported into a world of tranquility, if only for one or two hours. As my friend Sophie said “You feel like Alice in Wonderland”.
The bar is built around a live Himalaya cedar and share space with a library, some souvenirs, and other goods.
In 2000, Kobayashi formed the “Japan Treehouse Network” organization which promotes tree houses by holding construction workshops and facilitating networking between people who enjoy building and hanging out in tree houses.
Currently, Kobayashi designs and builds 4 or 5 tree houses a year.
Take a break from the typical café experience and climb into Hideaway’s treehouse.
Take a look at other tree houses built by Kobayashi-san (clip via youtube by Topanga Works – Japanese Only)
I’d like to thank Hideaway’s staff that kindly let me shoot inside their beautiful Cafe/bar… ありがとうございます!!
And a bigger thank to Sophie who introduced me to this amazing Japanese artist. Have a look at Sophie’s beautiful artworks and if you’re in town why not take part of her incredible workshops! For further information click or follow her at http://leszas.wordpress.com/
Hideaway: 2F, 3-20-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Closest Station: Meiji Jingu Mae, Tel 03-5410-2343 Official Website HERE (English-Japanese)
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