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Japanese maze artist creates magical, miniature treehouses

Japanese maze artist creates magical, miniature treehouses

You might have fond memories of a childhood treehouse, but we're betting they had nothing on this.

The only thing we could hope for, really, is that someone will turn these into life-sized models.

Artist Takanori Aibia worked for 10 years as a maze illustrator for Japanese fashion magazine POPYE before transitioning into architecture, and in the 2000s decided to merge the two disciplines.

Using craft paper, plastic, plaster, paint and various other materials, Aiba builds  sprawling intricate miniature structures featuring the tinest of details from umbrellas to patios and strings of lights.

His tiny communities wrap around bonsai trees, lighthouses, and cliffs, and the exhibit Adventure of the eyesearned him a Hong Kong Design Award last year.