'SHIMA', a new home designed by Keitaro Muto Architects, is attractive thanks to many different aspects of its construction, but its most notable feature is likely its uniquely shaped courtyard. In the centerpiece of that courtyard is a large Acer sieboldianum, or Japanese maple tree, but what's unique is the way in which the home is built to accommodate that tree as it grows.
Keitaro Muto Architects' home design is laid out in a roughly U-shaped formation, such that three wings of the home surround the central courtyard. The roofing on each of these wings slants inward, thus creating a sort of inverted cone. That shape in turn serves to support the growth of the Japanese maple; as its canopy expands and grows upward and outward, it won't be blocked by the home's roof.
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