Inspiring Japanese Homes Fused with an Indoor Tree

Glass walls continue inside the building, creating division between functional spaces without hindering the natural lighting and the beauty of an indoor tree. Photo courtesy of Home Designing.

When it comes to making a bold statement, nothing can beat an indoor tree. While we’ll always love our small houseplants, mini herb gardens, and adorably tiny succulents, there’s something so unique and out of the ordinary about having a tree under your roof. Plants are figuratively and literally the breath of fresh air we need in our homes after a long day, and they happen to look really chic while doing it.

Not only do they look amazing, but some can purify the air, others provide sustenance, and all infuse a space with nature—which is especially nice for city dwellers. An indoor tree can do the same, but on a much larger scale. The varieties of trees that can thrive inside are plentiful, and the billowy branches, bright fruits, and tall trunks basically act as statement pieces that fit into any type of space and work with any style preference.  

Take a peak in some Japanese homes fused with a breathtaking indoor tree.

Built around a carefully tended courtyard, this home enjoys the privacy of a glass wall for a dazzling sense of semi-transparency and a touch for nature for having an indoor tree in the middle.. Designed by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, and located in downtown Hiroshima, its surrounding structure serves as an ethereal mirage between it and the tall buildings that surround – a breath of fresh air in the midst of the city.

Skillfully cast optical glass is so transparent that it’s possible to see the indoor tree through the dappled surface of the bricks. Photo courtesy of Home Designing.

Residents can observe the urban bustle from within the silent interior, separated but connected with the life that surrounds. The glass features are so expansive and weighty that only steel bolts could sustain the outer structure.

Inside, sliding glass doors allow each room to have intimate contact with the sculpted courtyard landscaping. Photo courtesy of Home Designing.

Most of us know instinctively that being close to greenery makes us feel more at ease with our surroundings. We experience less stress when there are plants around us. Buildings are quieter and more relaxed but, at the same time, more stimulating and interesting, making it a perfect arena for an indoor tree.

These gorgeous sunset views demonstrate how the home changes throughout the day. Photo courtesy of Home Designing.

The glass blocks change the light as filters through, creating different effects depending on the angle of the lighting making it able to highlight the beauty of an indoor tree.


In some ways, careful and constant cultivation of a bonsai is a practice that can also be applied elsewhere: in self-improvement, creating art, and even planning your home’s interior design or renovation.

150 square meters of reinforced concrete forms the structure for a high-end residence, designed by M Architects. Hidden behind a black glass facade, this unique family home combines modern and traditional Japanese ideas, like a minimalist living room with an attached shoji, and ofcourse, no other than an indoor tree.

When the lights go on at night, the modern home interior is softly revealed from behind the black facade of glass. In the darkness with the eaves lit, the structure’s set back base creates a floating effect. Photo courtesy of Home Designing.

At the heart of the home, an open air patio courtyard is home to a Himeshara tree. The mature tree can be viewed from just about every room in the house, making it a part of the family. The leaves provide subtly changing décor to the interior spaces as the seasons progress and change.

The branches reach up toward the incoming sunlight from an open roof. Photo courtesy of Home Designing.

An indoor tree serves the same function in a room as a piece of furniture: It serves as an anchor and it sets a mood in your room. Trees are catching up to houseplants in popularity due to the structural element they add to living spaces, as well as the air-cleaning qualities they possess. When you choose an indoor tree, you must consider the light needs of the tree, how much watering it will require, and its mature size.

A minimalist living room is located upstairs, giving it a treetop view. Photo courtesy of Home Designing.

So, are you feeling ready to up your indoor gardening game? Whether you’re going for a lush, jungle-ly feel or a restful, formal appearance, these large indoor trees will make your space more colorful, welcoming, and cozy.

Dreaming of having a refreshed, refurbished condo unit? Give it a timeless, positive look with Japanese interior design.  

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