Comparing the Coeda House, designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates and built in Shizuoka prefecture Atami city, to a stacking game is probably a little unfair, but after seeing the photos, you\u2019re left so awestruck that you\u2019re at a loss for words. The only other thought that comes to mind is, \u201cHow is that even possible?\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe architect describes the house has having a \u201chuge tree-like architecture,\u201d and that\u2019s probably a better description. In fact, one of the photos, taken at night from a distance and with the interior lighting on, really does look like fabled Tree of Life. How exactly Kuma put the house together is an impressive mystery. The calculations necessary to make sure the weight was distributed had to have been mindboggling. Throw in Japan\u2019s propensity for earthquakes, and that math becomes even more complex. But unlike Jenga, where the blocks will fall at the slightest jostling, this house is able \u201cto suppress the shaking at the time of an earthquake.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Coeda House sits atop a cliff\u2014another amazing aspect of the house in regard to earthquake proofing\u2014that overlooks the Pacific. And because the house is solely supported by its central beam, the walls are entirely glass, which means uninhibited views of the spectacular scenery. That pillar is made of 8 cm square cedar blocks that have combined with a carbon fiber, resulting in a material with seven times the tensile strength of iron.\r\nCheck it out\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.