‘Bonsai’ is the Asian living art form of pruning and sculpting trees over many, many years. The residence, inspired by Bonsai, has two primary and distinct zones. The main box which is referred to as the ‘bon’ or tray, and the vertical volume referred to as ‘sai’ or creation. The driving concept is an excavated tray in which a slatted folded plane is inserted. This folded plane, which organizes the circulation of the residence, grounds itself in the basement and extends upward through the main and upper floors before transforming into the enclosure of the third floor sky parlor. This piece becomes the center of the experience as it brings light and texture down from the sky to the lower levels.
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