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Brief Published: 10 Aug 2011

Urban Woods


A residential building in Osaka has just received a nature-lift from Japanese architects Yoshiaki Oyabu, courtesy of an installation-like grid structure that wraps around its exterior.

The parasitic installation project involves weaving nature, quite literally, into the urban fabric of the city, by encouraging strands of ivy to creep up and around the edges of the lumber grid, slowing covering the building’s face. The ‘forest’ continues inside, spreading onto the ceiling like a system of roots – purposely contradicting the conservative concrete structures of its industrial-looking neighbouring buildings.

Referred to by the architects as Urban Woods, the pioneering design aims to reintroduce nature into what has historically been the commercial capital of Japan, where it would previously have been impossible to play with the cityscape in such a dramatic way.

Yoshiaki Oyabu architects