Hamada Design completed the 'Glass + Wood Building,' a structure which houses an office and beauty salon in the city of Koga. More specifically, the building is located next to a major freeway that connects Koga with its neighboring cities, Nagoya and Kyoto. Because of its position in such a fast-paced environment, the architects were asked to create a structure that would attract the attention of drivers.
The architects installed rectangular voids in the timber decks. Through them, a tree (and surrounding foliage) ascends from a ground floor bed. The tree reaches all the way to the upper floor, where it is easily viewed from the vantage point of the rooftop garden.
The cross-braced timber frame of the building is conducive to the natural growth; it also creates an interesting silhouetted pattern which is enhanced when the interior lighting is turned on at night.