Too often the instinct is to remove existing trees and foliage from plots when building a home. Sure, they can take up useful space and get in the way of the intended structure of the house. However, these architects have found that keeping the trees and building around them, making them intrinsic design elements within the house.
Have a look at these stunning homes built around nature for inspiration (just in case you’re thinking of uprooting that old oak).
1. The Tea Room
This striking home in Shanghai, China was built using an existing, collapsed warehouse. Instead of cutting down the tree that restricted the design, architects Archi-Union built around it, creating a stunning feature that seamlessly blends the interior and exterior.
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2. Tree in the House
This concept home by A. Masow architects features a fir tree inside a cylindrical glass home. Situated in a forest, the trees provide the privacy that walls would have – quite a compromise in lifestyle in favour of the natural beauty of living within nature.
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3. Sugar Loaf Home
A minimalist home at the foothills of Sugar Loaf, Rio features – among many prized art collections – one favourite focal point: This tree, lovingly called Bethany. Built by architect Alessandro Sartore, the house was purposefully built using muted, natural materials to let the views and the tree speak for themselves.
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4. Lakeview Residence
This Austin, Texas house was built by Alterstudio Architecture and maintained these gorgeous oaks on the deck. The ‘holes’ in the roof overhead make way for the trees and provide a sunroof effect with dappled, filtered light streaming into the seating area below.
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5. Chinkara House
This streamlined home in Guatamala features indoor-outdoor walkways with space for young trees to grow through the roof. Built by Solis Colomer Arquitectos, instead of using existing trees, the architects purposefully built space for trees to be installed.