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AERE / House in Forest

AERE / House in Forest

A peaceful respite in a forest during despondent times.

The Aokigahara Forest in Japan unfortunately serves as the destination for many lost souls who seek a premature conclusion to their lives due to the various pressures caused by our modern day lifestyle and society.  

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The majority of these individuals enter this forest unsure of their decision and meander about as they ponder their fate. The AEREHOUSE is a series of dwellings that are scattered throughout this forest that serve as a mental rehabilitation clinic for those who seek help. Like the trails of bread-crumb ribbons left behind by these people, the AEREHOUSEs are strategically located at prominent intersections and follow the natural ribbon of the river.

The program and circulation of the AEREHOUSE are intertwined. AERE itself stands for Arrival, Embrace, Reflect, and Elevate, the four programmatic features of this design. First, upon Arrival, the wanderer is taken in and guided by the house’s caretaker - an Artificial Intelligence who assists them in their rehabilitation. Second, the house Embraces the user, registers them, and welcomes them into the living facilities on the first floor. Third, the communal sleeping quarters offers space to Reflect, and fourth, the user can go onto the bridge overlook & meditation space to both symbolically and physically Elevate with their thoughts.

The A-Frame design is used due to its height, natural inviting wood construction, and distinct prominent features. Its triangular peak acts as a beacon to attract lost souls within this forest - its wide frames designed to create sanctuary for those who need its shelter.

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