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Unbelievable Japanese Tree Houses

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By Elizabeth Stamp for Architectural Digest.

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(all photos courtesy of Masayoshi Hichiwa)

In the forests surrounding the Momofuku Ando Center, a Kengo Kuma-designed nature and leadership training facility in Komoro, Japan, an array of artist- and designer-conceived tree houses dot the landscape. Japanese design firm Nendo contributed a structure titled Bird-Apartment, featuring 78 birdhouses and a viewing platform for humans.

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Architect Nobuaki Furuya designed Yu-An, a curvaceous tree house constructed of cedar.

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Known as the Cheese House, this structure by Play Set Products is shaped like a wedge of Swiss and features a spiral staircase topped with a fork.

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The colorful Ōmurasaki Tree House by creative firm Kanikapila, resembles a hot-air balloon or a butterfly.

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Design firm Energy Meet crafted Nest, a spider web-like tree house that is accompanied by flower-shaped solar panels that are attached to the branches.

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