Dandelion (Tanpopo) House
   
Project Name: Dandelion (Tanpopo) House
Year: 1995
Owner: Private
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 0 sq.ft.
Slope: 85%
Access: Inaccessible, Private
Submitted by: Haven Kiers

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architects: Terunobu Fujimori and Yshio Uchida
The architects Terunobu Fujimori and Yshio Uchida put dandelions (tanpopo) on the roof and the walls of a house the suburbs of Toyko in 1995, creating a very pretty ecological picture. ?My dream is to grow plants on buildings just as the human body grows hair," said Terunobu Fujimori, the architectural historian turned architect who grabbed Japanese media attention in the 1990s with a series of buildings that incorporated living plants,? (National Cultural Association).
"... Planterplanter, farm or garden implement that places propagating material such as seeds or seedlings into the ground, usually in rows. Broadcasting, i.e., scattering seed in all directions, by hand followed by harrowing (see harrow) to cover the seed with soil was an early
..... Click the link for more information. boxes filled with flowers alternate with layers of stone to make up much of the exterior. Over a thousand wild dandelions were gathered by hand from fields at the foot of Mt Fuji and placed in the walls of this building, but the Japanese dandeliondandelion [Eng. form of Fr.,=lion's tooth], any plant of the genus Taraxacum of the family Asteraceae (aster family), perennial herbs of wide distribution in temperate regions.
..... Click the link for more information. blooms only briefly, and these grace the house for less than a month of each year. At other times, sweet alyssumsweet alyssum
n.
A widely cultivated annual or perennial herb (Lobularia maritima) of the mustard family, native to the Mediterranean region, having racemes of long-lasting flowers varying in size and color. Also called alyssum.
..... Click the link for more information. and other simple flowers fill the walls..." (The Free Library, see below).

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Read the entry about Tanpopo House in The Free Library.
 
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