Shingo Masuda and Katsuhisa Otsubo are 2 young up-and-coming architects based out of Tokyo. One of their latest projects is Little Hilltop with a View of the Wind – something akin to an ultra-minimalist version of Rapunzel’s tower. Except inside you won’t find a princess with dashingly long hair. Instead, the tower was designed for you to interact with a different kind of beauty: the wind.
Situated on the Houhoku Windfarm, a roughly 262,000 sq m serene piece of land with 12 wind turbines operated by Clean Energy Factory (CEF), the structure was designed to offer exactly what its name suggests; a view of the wind. Through extensive structural and engineering studies the architects were able to erect a structure that sways roughly 150 mm (about 6 inches). The windfarm – located in Yamaguchi prefecture – offers visitors, not only views of the undulating mountains and the clouds, but of the wind as well.