+ Node: a landmark for nature lovers

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When architecture wisely imitates nature, the outcome is always surprising and original. In Hiroshima, Japan + Node testifies the achievement of such a challenging task: connecting a human-made structure with a magnificent natural hill amongst wild plants and forest animals… A two-story building with a total floor area of 125sqm stands gently positioned on a slope without disturbing the tall trees that compose the surrounding landscape. The conceptual approach follows a simple guideline: two wooden volumes are crossed – one upon the other – taking advantage of the natural topography.

The first floor establishes the required relation with the access street: a covered parking area marks the entrance zone providing also a clear separation between social areas and a study room. The distribution of the program respects a spatial sequence of different uses: the hall leads directly to the living room separated from the kitchen and dining area by the toilet and the staircase.

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A generous terrace invites both zones to a quiet moment beneath the trees while showing the existence of a lower level where a master bedroom, a children room and a bathroom can be found.

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The most astonishing detail of + Node is precisely located in the intersection of the two levels: almost half of the first floor volume is suspended over the hill, levitating over the untouched soil…

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In fact, this building is totally covered in plywood, only interrupted by vertical openings that frame the natural green landscape. A landmark for nature lovers is proudly hanging over a hill in Hiroshima, Japan.

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Architects & Photography: UID Architects



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