Can Houses be Built Around Living Trees?

Can Houses be Built Around Living Trees?

Each year a lot of trees are cut down so that houses and buildings can be built. In an attempt to preserve the trees on the lot, architects have recently been suggesting ways that the home owner could incorporate trees into the home instead of chopping them down. While some have kept their trees as a centrepiece to their courtyard, others have fully integrated it into their home. Below you will explore 6 homes that have successfully been built around the existing trees on the lot. 

image © Archi-Union

image © Archi-Union

When planning for the house, the space was restricted by a mature tree. To compensate, the architect designed a covered public area was formed towards the open space with the pool, with an enclosed tea house at ground level and library on the first floor where a small triangular balcony extends around the existing tree.

image © Filippo Bamberghi

image © Filippo Bamberghi

While the previous house had their tree come through their balcony outdoors, this house took a different approach to incorporating the tree. A tree called 'Bethany' is the centerpiece of this home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The tree in this house becomes a central focus indoors by situating itself near the dining room and entertainment room. 

image © Kenneth M. Wyner Photography, Inc.

image © Kenneth M. Wyner Photography, Inc.

This private West Virginia residence features two asymmetrical trees enclosed by glass. The surrounding glass around the trees makes the trees appear almost museumworthy.

image © Quang Dam

image © Quang Dam

Unlike the prior house that had its trees enclosed by glass, this house in Vietnam encourages interaction with the tree. Children get an opportunity to not only play with the tree but also use the soil to grow vegetables.

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Located in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, architect Vo Trong Nghia designed a complex called "The House of Trees" which consists of five individual concrete boxed insulated naturally by the water-retaining soil and positioned around a central courtyard.

image © Design Milk

image © Design Milk

Located in Guatemala City, Guatemala, architect Alejandro Paz built this house while integrating some of the existing trees into the design. The trees take on a similar appearance to concrete columns and enhance the tree house atmosphere of the home. 


Considering adding more greenery to your home? Search 'plants' on CADdetails.com  to view products you can use in your planning.

Sources: Architizer, Casa Vogue, Web Urbanist, Design Milk & Inhabitat

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