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.






moiré effect on the fence in the daylight










































blue water in the evening light



































view to the evening sky from the terrace







glowing leaves in the sun














shadows on the fence







moiré effect on the fence







tree shadows through the glass





















daylight in the living room














tree shadows on the chairs and on the wooden wall







diagonal shadow on the ash wood of the kitchen














focus on the shoji shadows of the fabric blinds














the view through the glass




























light reflections on the floor under Shigeru Ban daybed




























curved shadow on the bath







daylight on the second floor














shadows on the wooden bed






moiré effect on the fence with the evening lights







focus on the moiré effect







evening lights on the terrace







tree shadows on the facade














birch trees with the evening lights







shadows on the living room ceiling





















tree reflection on the bench






 tree shadows on the terrace ceiling