Okinawa’s Banyan Treehouse Restaurant

In Japan, there's a structurally inventive restaurant called Naha Harbor Diner that takes the traditional treehouse to another level. It is a pan-Asian restaurant sitting atop a tree trunk, nestled amidst its branches, in the Banyan Town shopping center in Okinawa. The restaurant which offers “locally grown and organic harvested foods fresh from the farm” stands out amongst the surrounding businesses, drawing attention with its towering presence, not to mention its extraordinarily intriguing design.

Even though the structure's base isn't an actual banyan tree, the architectural design is mimicking the plant-life (also referred to as “gajumaru”) in a larger-than-life replica that soars 20 feet high and presents the destination in an eye-attracting manner. The sky-high dining establishment can be reached by customers either by climbing the winding staircase in the back or by taking an elevator ride that shoots up through the foundation's tree trunk. Whichever way you choose to enter the eatery, how could you pass up going into this treehouse restaurant?

Images via [Ariane Lewis, katerakate, MulttiClique]
via [Inhabitat]

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