Takasugi-an is a quirky teahouse which entered the TIME’s“top 10 precarious buildings”.
The playful structure designed by the local architect Fujimori Terunobu reminds of a treehouse perched as it is on two chestnut trees.
Like other architectures by Terunobu, it is meant to merge into the surrounding nature and to this purpose makes great use of natural material such as wood, earth and plaster.
It is part of a teahouse series which also features Hikusugi-an (the teahouse built too low) and the Flying Mud Boat teahouse, both a few steps away from Takasugi-an. * The teahouses are private property and entrance is permitted only during certain tours and events.