Built almost entirely from wood, Nothofagus Hotel & Spa takes the concept of “treehouse” to another level. Nestled amidst the majesty of Chile’s Patagonian Andes, in the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, the unusual hotel accommodates guests in 55 sensational rooms spread over 7 floors. Inspired by an ancient tree, the architectural design is as bizarre as it is amazing, and its beautifully appointed rooms with magnificent views can be accessed either by a panoramic elevator or a smooth ramp that winds around the inner façade of the construction. Other facilities include two charming dining establishments and a wonderful spa with heated swimming pool, sauna, and a variety of treatments.
This house for a couple is built in a residential area on a gentle hill in the northern Tokyo.
The site is located at the top of a hill connected with a narrow path leading to the actual building lot. The ground level is gradually climbing higher from edge of the site. Although the site has particular sense of oppression and dusky feel, and the actual building lot is completely enclosed by the adjacent houses, we realized with the characteristic of the place as the depths of the urban condition without exposing to the outside, and secluded from the town. In this case, it is more suitable to extend the volume vertically rather than horizontally. Similar reason can be found in the nature that a tree enclosed by other tall trees in a deep forest tends to have vertical directivity for its growth.
The geometry achieved through “Cartesian coordinates system” is typically applied in architecture since it has advantage in terms of the repetitive expansion in a fixed orientation. However, this system is not suitable here as previously described. Rather, it is desirable to apply a geometric rule, which can pick up the subtle, close relationship and the balance between the site and its edge conditions. Thus, we decided to utilize the “polar coordinates system” as the geometry defining this architecture, which describes the location of an element by the distance and the angle from the center of the site.