'My Neighbor Totoro' is one of the most beloved movies of the anime genre, and the Totoro buildings by KOZ architects take inspiration from the film's most iconic character. Standing in the Paul Bourget neighborhood of Paris, France, the Totoro buildings give residents a touch of natural beauty in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the urban metropolis (a natural beauty that the film's theme supports.)
The buildings take their inspiration from Totoro as far as their shape is concerned. They are both squat, with slightly narrower ground floors and pointed roof structures that look like Totoro's feet and ears, respectively. They stand in the forest as well -- just like Totoro -- but the KOZ Architects' abstractly protruding balconies offer views of the Paris skyline.
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