Architecture is about the interaction between light and shadow. Himalayan Birch House is a private residence. The project was inspired by contemporary Japanese architecture - Sou Fujimoto, Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando, Jun Igarashi, Sampei Junichi, SAANA. The main concept of the Himalayan Birch House is the interaction between light and shadow; it emphasizes the interpretation of architecture as arts. The project is centered around Himalayan birch trees, with 60 trees on the terrace and in the garden. Constructional elements draw attention to the trees and their shadows. The windows frame the trees the same way paintings in an art gallery would. The transparency and translucency of the materials let the light flow through the fence producing the moiré effect and through the white fabric blinds producing the shoji shadow effect. Nature is the protagonist of the interior as well; sunlight gently brushes over the forms and through the spaces with the predominant white color complementing the wooden elements.

 

 

 

view in a frame to the birch trees

 

 

 

 

 tree shadows on the facade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transparent stairs with the light from beneath

 

 

 

 

 

tree shadows on the ceiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 light behind the satinated glass door

 

 

 

 

 evening light in the loft

 

 

 

 

birch tree framed in the sunlight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 shoji shadows on the fabric blinds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 soft tree shadows on the cork floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 morning sun shadows on the wooden wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 golden leaves in the sun light