Biotop is Kobayashi’s second house tree located in Tokyo. Biotop refers to an area where sustained environmental conditions allows all living things to coexist).
This tree house is tucked away on a quiet street corner in residential Shirokanedai. It is right in the courtyard of a Biotop Nurseries (a flower shop), Adam et Rope (a clothing store) and an organic Café. You’ll have to get into the flower shop or the store cause you won’t be able to see the tree house from the street.
This star-shaped tree house is nestled in the branches of an old camphor tree, and is opened for all to enjoy and climb if you don’t go into panic mode if you fear heights.
The structure is not the typical tree house but it’s charming, with its small glass windows and its weird angles and perspectives. It even has a small stove inside! I was in awe as how such a small cozy place could bring back so many childhood memories in such a short time.
“When you look down on the world from a higher place, things don’t seem so important anymore. Nothing about our thoughts or actions is really that significant.” T.Kobayashi
Making of Biotop Tree House (Part 1)
Making of Biotop Tree House (Part 2)
Making of Biotop Tree House (Part 3)
To add an environmental consciousness, Adam et Rope’ Biotop donates 1% of its sales to reforestation efforts in Japan and abroad through “More Trees”, a project promoting tree planting and forest improvement led by Oscar-winning musician/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. More info @ www.more-trees.org
Huge thanks 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/
Takashi Kobayashi Official Website HERE // Biotop 4-6-44 Shirokanedai, Tokyo, Tel 03-3444-2421
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