Lead by founder Oki Sato, Nendo produces refined, simplified forms that evoke emotion in viewers. In this piece, we see that repeated forms of various shaped pitched roof houses with circular openings are used as entrances for the bird dwellings – a motif refelected in the entrance to the larger human home. By mirroring the form, Nendo appears to be suggesting that the avian homes are as important as the ones inhabited by man.
In order to fully appreciate the tree house, one must climb the long ladder and enter into the circular opening. Once inside, peep holes allow visitors to take a peek into the bird world on the other side of the wall. We’d love to know if the birds are also curiously looking back into the human home!
The interior is stark white, so that there is nothing else to observe in the tree house except for the birds. You can see that the peep holes are arranged all at different heights to allow one for each of the 78 bird homes. The Nendo team shared an early sketch for this concept, where the division between human and bird is represented by a dotted line on the tree house. It is interesting that the final result was to put in peep holes, which encourages the viewer to engage, rather than a sheet of glass like those used at zoos.