Japanese Architecture firm Hironaka Ogawa were the masterminds behind this amazing home expansion in Kagawa, Japan. With the new found need for space, came the necessary demolition of old, sacred trees that had so much sentimental meaning for the homeowners. Instead of just parting ways, it was decided that the two trees would be repurposed into something greater for the family.
After cutting them down, the giant trees and their respective branches were dried and smoked for a two week process to relieve them of any excess water, and get them to their final size. Once finished, the trees became an integral part of the home– utilized as structural columns to support the high ceilings and extend just up to the edge of the mezzanine structure. They now sit in the central hub of the home, with their arm-like branches extended out nearest the walls and provide a hanging place for pendant lighting. An amazing and creative, adaptive reuse for these beautiful trees!