Tokyo architects bring nature to Nagoya building

Trees to grow up through four-storey property

Balcony House
Balcony House

A new Japanese building fuses nature with design as trees line the protruding balconies of a concrete house in Nagoya, created by Tokyo studio Ryo Matsui Architects.

Named Balcony House, the four-storey structure has three large balconies and a roof terrace that give views of the surrounding city, but are also screened behind planted trees.

"The two metre wide balcony becomes the buffer area with the road and takes on the function of eaves," said the architect. "We suggest that the balconies have a beneficial influence, not only for the interior, but they become part of the new cityscape."

The unusual design allows trees planted on the first and second floor balconies to grow taller through openings in the floor slabs above.

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