Transparent Teardrop-Shaped Tents Designed by Tokyo Based Architecture Firm | Yuko Nagayama & Associates

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Located in a white birch forest in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, these tents attract visitors with their transparent tear-drop-like shape. Envisaged and designed by Tokyo-based architecture firm Yuko Nagayama & Associates, these tents offer an immersive experience to visitors in a serene forest in Japan. Read more about these tents below on SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

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The transparent teardrop-shaped tents give a whimsical touch to its serene surroundings in Japan. Their position, height and size were determined with the help of three-dimensional scans of the natural environment, such as the direction of branches, the spread of leaves and the position of trees. 

That is the reason the surrounding greenery reflects both on the surface of the tents and in the design. The team at Yuko Nagayama & Associates had the option to set up the tent in an open space, they opt the dense forest as the project site.

Design Details

The shape of the tent looks like a tear-drop with a rounded body and a pointed top. The tent also echoes a traditional Okiagari Koboshi Japanese doll. The face of each tent is in a different direction.

tear drop tentsThese are tall tents with slanted tops that give a distinctive feature to them and standouts among the neighboring trees. The distance between each tent was decided based on accurate 3D scenes of the forest created using a technology called Matter-Port. 

Experience of Living Amidst Forest

The transparent surfaces of the tents allow people to experience of looking up in the jungle. Since opaque tents do not allow people to enjoy the beauty of green surroundings while sitting inside the tent. Hence, they decided to design see-through tents.

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Each teardrop-shaped tent has its function and purpose. One could be used as a sleeping place while the other could be a reading corner. The tenet offers mystical touch in an ordinary background when one view from whiting the tent to the outdoor greenspace that blurs a bit or sometimes is overtaken by a glow of light.          

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However, it is suggested to bring your sleeping bags if you plan to spend the night there as these transparent tents won’t offer privacy or protection from cold. 

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tear drop tentsThe project was designed on the occasion of the Hokuto Art Program Ed.1, which invites creatives from all over Japan to display their best and unusual tent designs as works of art.

Project Details:  

Project: Hokuto Art Program Ed.1 
Architecture Firm: Yuko Nagayama & Associates 
Location: Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan Myrto Katsikopoulou 
Photo Courtesy: Daici Ano

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