Architect: UID Architects
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Year built: 2012
Named +node, the house in Hiroshima Prefecture was designed by UID Architects as an all-timber building that brings the surrounding woodland to its inhabitants.
The main body of the building is a long rectangular box with one end anchored to the ground and the other sticking out into the air. A second volume slotted beneath the structure functions as both an extra floor and a lateral support.
A glazed wall at the far end of the house focuses views out from the kitchen and dining room towards the woodland. The void in the floor is positioned just beyond, so trees can grow behind the walls without creating a hazard for residents.
The architects used cedar to clad the exterior walls, then lined the interior with plywood panels.
On the south side of the site there is a rich forest where animals and plans reside and on the back north side where hilly land was developed into a residential area in a tiered platform.