Omotesando Branches in Tokyo by Sou Fujimoto

The key element of Fujimoto’s “Omotesando Branches” is its makeup, developed in collaboration with ARUP engineers, that embodies not only a load bearing structure but also a strong visual concept. More in detail, this building is built in reinforced concrete and covered with a clear, water-repellent material. Then, similar to a tree that extends its branches, this building further extends its structure, turning into hollow pots with vegetation planted in it. 16 vessels in total, each measuring about 50 x 50 cm, provide enough volume to plant Japanese maple, European privet, griffith’s ash and sapphire berry.

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“Omotesando Branches” is like the Japanese micro-version of a vertical forests in densely built urban contexts. The project team includes Sou Fujimoto, Naganobu Matsumura, Shintaro Honma, Keisuke Kiri, Naoki Tamura, Jane Luk, Hugh Hsu, Yichen Hsieh.

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Images via Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat