Yushe Design slots office around existing trees in Shanghai suburb

Trees grow through holes in the concrete floors and ceilings of the Shen Shen Garden office in Shanghai, which was designed to preserve the site’s natural features. Local studio Yushe Design developed the project as a workspace away from the bustle of downtown Shanghai. Located in a suburb of the Chinese city, the building combines offices

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Fern tree grows through the roof of bright white “contemporary tropical” house on Java island

The trunk of a Brazilian firetree pierces the white zinc-coated roof of this house by Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture in Bandung, Indonesia. Set at the end of a narrow alleyway in a densely built urban area, the local architecture studio built the compact two-storey residence for a Muslim family of four on the western part of the

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BIG and Carlo Ratti design Singapore tower with trees bursting through facade

Bjarke Ingels Group and Carlo Ratti Associati have started building a 280-metre-high skyscraper in Singapore, which will feature a four-storey vertical park complete with treetop cocoons. The tower, at 88 Market Street in the city-state’s financial district, will contain 29 floors of office space and 299 apartments, along with gardens spread through the building. BIG and CRA’s design shows the

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Matt Fajkus organises Austin home around old oak tree

The rooms of this family residence in Texas by local studio Matt Fajkus Architecture are punctured with windows of different sizes, to frame views of an old tree at the centre of the plot. Encompassing 2,764 square feet (257 square metres), the Tree House is situated on an urban lot in Austin. The design of

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Murray Legge’s Texas pool house avoids and incorporates tree trunks

Murray Legge Architecture has shaped the roof of this pool-side pavilion to navigate around the twisting trunks of oak trees on a site in East Texas. La Grange Pavilion was created as part of a landscape intervention for a hillside house with vistas over the southern US state’s forest and farmland. The structure shades an

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Penda proposes Toronto Tree Tower built from cross-laminated timber modules

Plants and trees sprout from the modular units that make up this timber-framed high-rise, proposed by architecture firm Penda for Toronto. Penda, which has offices in China and Austria, collaborated with Canadian company Tmber for the Toronto Tree Tower project. They propose an 18-storey residential block that would stand 62 metres tall, with a modular

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Foster + Partners opens “one of our greenest Apple spaces yet” in Singapore

Foster + Partners has built yet another tree-filled Apple Store, but this one also features hand-carved stone staircases. Singapore’s official ranking as the greenest city in Asia informed the design of Apple Orchard Road, the first Apple flagship in the city. Like Foster + Partners’ other recent Apple Stores, particularly the ones in London and Dubai, the building’s most prominent feature is

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Skyscraper competition proposal involves erecting towers within world’s largest trees

A conceptual scheme by a team of South Korean designers calls for inserting towers within the hollowed-out trunks of giant sequoias in the western US. Called Tribute: The Monument of Giant, the visionary scheme imagines buildings constructed within the empty trunks of giant sequoias, a type of redwood tree native to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.

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Mesquite tree serves as focal point for Mexican home by BAG Arquitectura

This monochrome dwelling in central Mexico was organised around a mesquite tree by BAG Arquitectura. The two-storey Casa Mezquite residence encompasses four bedrooms, and was completed in 2015 in the town of Aguascalientes. “The entire layout of the house gravitates around the mesquite tree, thus making it the foremost element within this architectural project,” said

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A Modern Tree House By Aibek Almasov

Kazakhstan based architect, Aibek Almasov unifies eco-friendliness, modern design, and nature in his 2013 concept ‘Modern Tree House’. The tactful design is purposed to be constructed around a tree lavishing up 4 floors through the center, allowing you to live first-hand with a tree. With lighting, energy, and water being a priority, the clear structure […]

Edgley Design builds family home around 100-year-old pear tree in south London

This house in south London, arranged around an old pear tree, was designed by British architect Jake Edgley as a home for himself and his family. Edgley, who is the director of London practice Edgley Design, created Pear Tree House for the site of a Victorian orchard in Dulwich, in the London Borough of Southwark. He split the house into two

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Anonymous Architects builds LA house around existing cypress tree

Instead of chopping down a tall tree in the middle of a Los Angeles site, American studio Anonymous Architects incorporated it into this cantilevered cedar-clad residence. Called House in Trees, the residence is located in the hilly neighbourhood of Echo Park. Dotted with mature trees, the site has a remote feeling, despite being surrounded by

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Le Corbusier’s Maison Curutchet in Argentina has a tree at its centre

World Heritage Corb: commissioned by an Argentinian surgeon, Maison Curutchet is the only project in Latin America among the 17 Le Corbusier-designed buildings added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). Maison Curutchet was built by the Swiss-French architect for De Pedro Domingo Curutchet. Located in La Plata, Argentina, the house is attached to an existing More

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Trees grow through the floors of Julio Hernández house by Roof Arquitectos

A “forest” of sweet gum trees grows through openings in the concrete slabs of this house in Morelia, Mexico, by Roof Arquitectos, providing an alternative to a central courtyard (+ movie). Roof Arquitectos co-founders Rogelio Vallejo and Francisco Noriega designed the house for a plot opposite a park for client Julio Hernández and his son. The architects wanted More

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Treehouse installed in Israel Museum playground by Ifat Finkelman and Deborah Warschawski

Architects Ifat Finkelman and Deborah Warschawski have built a slatted wooden structure around an old pine tree to update a courtyard space at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (+ slideshow). Situated at the entrance of the Israel Museum’s Youth Wing for Art Education, the IMJ Tree House provides a gathering point for both adult and children visitors. “As More

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Taller Basico de Arquitectura completes House for a Man and a Tree in Spain

The facade of this private guesthouse in northern Spain extends out to become a fence, enclosing a large tree that was already growing in the garden (+ slideshow). Spanish office Taller Basico de Arquitectura was tasked with creating the small guesthouse for the garden of a family property in Mutilva, Navarre. The team named the project House for a Man and a More

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Treetop holiday home by Narein Perera stands between a rubber plantation and a jungle

Raised up by a framework of slender steel supports, this wooden holiday home offers a unique vantage point over a Sri Lankan rubber plantation and the jungle beyond (+ slideshow). Named Estate Bungalow, the building was designed by local architect Narein Perera to function as both a viewing platform over the client’s 17-hectare estate and a short-term […]

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