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This Sinewy Timber Treehouse Was Built to Disappear

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Hidden on a forested hilltop in Japan's ibaraki prefacture is Life Style Koubou's latest creation, a gracefully meandering timber treehouse. The firm is known primarily for its aggressively minimal designs, and House in Itsuura exhibits the same light touch, though it rests atop two hulking support columns. The architects imagine that, with time, the timber structure will eventually weather into the same color as the forest it hides within. You could almost say House in Itsuura was built to disappear.

Intended to recreate an ambling walk through the home, Life Style Koubou's home video is pretty meditative. The windows, both scattered and small, flit around the home's timber frame and provide scattered yet satisfying lighting throughout the space.

• life style koubou embeds timber dwelling into japanese hillside [Design Boom]