Dubbed the ‘Cherry Blossom’ house by its designers, this home is anything but a delicate tree with blooming branches (though arguably akin to the blossom itself, in a highly abstract way) … perhaps it would have been more aptly titled ‘An Ultramodern Tree House’? Or maybe this author is simply missing the obvious poetry.

However, like its namesake, this curiously aloof structure by a.l.x. does start with a thick impermeable trunk and expand outward with each successive story, culminating in an open third level lofted high above the ground.

Its white-painted exterior walls do also reflect at least a little of its inspiration – two cherry trees sited near the lot, though much more of a comparison would be a stretch.

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Like a traditional treehouse, the experience is all about elevation – at street level, there is not much to see … apartment buildings crowd the corner property on two sides. Up above, however, there are views to be had, as well as privacy away from the sidewalk.