Before he began to practice architecture in his forties, Terunobu Fujimori spent nearly two decades– half his life- studying the long and rich history of architecture. When he finally started to build things, his work resembled neither the buildings of his contemporaries nor the buildings of the past. Instead, Fujimori’s work is as novel as it is surreal. Trees planted at the apex of a roofline, one-legged tea houses and indoor, leafless forests are not common in any era of architectural production. Fujimori says that “A building should not resemble anyone else’s buildings, past or present[.]” And it’s clear from his body of work that he means what he says.