Illustrator Noma Bar's bird-shaped treehouse in Japan is just wonderful

The artist has designed a playful, bird-shaped wooden house that was actually inspired by something else.

Noma Bar is best known for his narrative, negative space-based illustrations – but his latest project has seen him branch out into architecture, designing a wooden house for viewing the active volcano Mount Asama from the forest of the Momofuku Ando Centre in Komoro, Japan.

The house is comprised of two main elements that together form the shape of a bird, the roof in shades of green being its head and wings, and the wooden floor and steps leading up to that being its body and tail.

>> Read on to see more of the treehouse and discover how it was conceived and constructed.

As with his illustrations, Noma wanted to include a narrative to the house. The tail invites visitors to the park to explore the structure, revealing the panorama view once inside.

The house is nine metres high, and uses a single trunk from one of the forest's tree for support – so it's treehouse as well as a viewing platform.

That's Noma himself you can see in the photo.

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The inspiration for the house came to Noma finding two leaves on the floor of the park, which had fallen together into the profile of a bird.

From this concept, Noma created paper models to form the basis of the house's architecture.

The house was built by a team of 20 Japanese carpenters.

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Another shot of the house under construction.

Noma was born in Israel and now lives in north London. His illustrations appear simple – something he developed when he first arrive in London, not speaking much English – but often conceal deep and political messages. Read our interview with Noma about what drives him.

Previous projects have seen Noma designing stationary for The Guardian and creating a six-foot, one-ton, dog-shaped diecut machine for producing artworks.