Illustrator creates bird-shaped treehouse in Japanese woodland

Israeli illustrator Noma Bar has designed a bird-shaped treehouse that will be built in woodland in Nagano Prefecture in central Japan.

The 9m wooden bird was commissioned by the Momofuku Ando Foundation, and is the seventh project in its treehouse series. Twenty Japanese carpenters built worked on the development.

The structure is supported by the stump of a cherry blossom tree and a vertical element under the stairs.

Bar has said: "I wanted the viewers to discover, so this treehouse is built with a few angles. So if you come from one angle in front you are not going to see a bird, you will see a leaf. It will be in different tones of green, and from a distance will be a leaf.

"And when you turn you will discover it is actually two leaves, and then that the two leaves form a bird. And then you will discover that you have stairs to go up to view."

Bar is based in London and has previously designed book covers for Don DeLillo and Haruki Murakami as well as art for magazines and adverts.

Images via the Momofuku Ando Foundation

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