I’d like to think that if I had the chance to meet Terunobu Fujimori, we would become friends. In Japan Fujimori is a well-known figure, however he doesn’t really seem to have received the international attention he deserves. In stark contrast to the high-tech image of modern day Japan, Fujimori chooses to work with natural materials – stone, wood, tree bark and most notably, plants.
His structures have included everything from pine trees (above) to roofs and walls covered in chives, dandelions and grass. His work is more the result of his aesthetic intentions than green planning. His style reminds me of houses from a lost world – in a sort of surreal, storybook fantasy, dream-treehouse kind of way.
Fujimori is also one of the founding members of the Roadway Observation Society (ROJO), a group of friends who seek out and document the often overlooked little details of our urban landscape. I love these ROJO photos, it’s inspiring me to start my own band of merry wanderers right here in Denver. Maybe I’ll even send Fujimori a letter.