The power of nature is our vital link to our deeper selves. It's something that most people and outdoor enthusiasts realize when they step out of the frenetic bubble of the city and into the woods, taking that first deep breath of fresh air, feeling recharged and energized.
Looking for a place in nature to find inspiration, Japanese outdoor clothing designer Setsumasa Kobayashi of .......Research commissioned architect Shin Ohori of General Design Co. to build him a "platform for living" out in the Chichibu mountains. Conceived as a 'non-house' where the inhabitants could sleep in tents on the rooftop, it's now been outfitted with a more permanent geodesic dome structure, allowing Kobayashi and guests to sleep sheltered and stargaze under a night sky.
Curiously enough, Kobayashi was inspired to build this mountain retreat after a life-changing experience at a Phish concert packed with 60,000 people. It must have been quite the experience to manifest into this nature refuge, which is meant to be a place where he can get away from the stress of Tokyo, and test drive the products he designs.
To do this, the outdoorsy-ness factor is emphasized throughout the all-wood design. The solar-powered home consists of two buildings that can open up to the landscape with large moveable fiberglass doors, bringing in the grandeur of the surrounding environment. The interior is fitted with a neat climbing wall, and feels rustic yet comfortable at the same time. A woodstove heats the living area, supplied by a large stockpile of hand-chopped wood, while the bathroom sports an old clawfoot tub.
The geodesic dome, situated on the roof of the main structure, is the crowning jewel of the design, allowing everyone to sleep outside with a clear view of the sky.
Combining cabin with geodesic dome, this intriguing design acts as a place of retreat, but also as place to test one's creative limits, while expanding one's relationship with nature and with oneself. More over at General Design Co.