Living mezzanine of Shell House by Tono Mirai Architects.

This Curvaceous Timber and Earth Cabin Blends Into a Japanese Forest

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The second floor is crafted from Japanese red pine. The timber roof structure required the skill of specialist artisans to construct. "There are very few traditional carpenters in Japan that can construct a timber roof like this without nails," explains architect Tono Mirai. The craftsman who worked on Shell House is a master of constructing traditional timber shrines in a style similar to the Ise Shrine.