Hundreds of thousands of trees are sacrificed all around the world to make way for our ever growing real estate projects. Many of these trees are ruthlessly brought down, and they aren’t replaced in the surroundings. Environmental support groups are legally helpless against the might of builders, corporations and national governments to tackle this ethical issue. How then do we make buildings vital for our economic growth without disturbing the natural ecosystem of the surroundings?
Here are 17 examples of kind-hearted innovative builders who loved the trees around their construction sites so much that they altered their designs just to keep them standing. After seeing them, you might want to change your mind about the whole thing as there are ways in which it can be a win-win situation for the organization and the environment.
1. Saruhan Bay, Science, Culture and Education Foundation
When the local Turkish authority ruled that the centuries-old tree couldn’t be cut down to make this building, the architect found a loophole, or rather holes to make this curious situation work. The branches of the tree make way to the top of the building through special holes in between. Doesn’t it look great?
2. House Among Trees By Martin Fernandez
This house in Mar Azul, Argentina literally lies among the woods. Trees are protruding from the walkway and its shed.
3. The Yellow Treehouse by Peter Eising and Lucy Gauntlet
Now this house can’t exist without the tree because it sits on top of it. It takes you closer to nature while dining there.
4. The Three Tree Houses by Jeremy Levine
This house has three live trees in different outdoor sheds. Each room opens into one of these spaces. One tree is rather older while the two others are relatively younger.
5. Tree in the house by Aibek Almasov
This cylindrical house swivels around a tree to the top. The client came for a perfect treat among the mountains and boy did he get it. The house has glass walls that give spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
6. The Hemloft House by Joel Allen
This was inspired from a drop of dew descending from the top of the tree. If I were forced to be a homeless guy, this would be my favorite place to settle.
7. Fuji Kindergarten by Tezuka Architects
This has to be the cutest kindergarten school ever. It wraps around a lovely 50-ear old tree and provides space for classrooms, natural garden and playing space.
8. Bethany Tree House by Alessandro Sartore
The tree named Bethany was loved by the owner. It is now the focal point of most of his house. The owner sees it as a connection with the garden outside too.
9. Niavarian Residential Complex by Muhammed Reza Nikbakht
This summer resort’s beauty is increased manifolds due to the VIP protocol for the lone tree. The tree is timeworn, and extra care was taken to make sure this thing survives.
10. Kook Restaurants by Noses Architects
This living tree right in the middle of the living room lightens the room altogether. Ironically, it is a pizza place.
11. Casa Del Bosque By NDE Renda
This Paraguayan house is a semi-closed structure with walls in the surroundings. Kudos to the architects who made this excellent design to save this precious tree.
12. Castle Type Treehouse in Alnwick Gardens
This fabulous treehouse restaurant from the United Kingdom is simply the most beautiful treehouse ever! With intricate woodwork and feeling of nature, this experience is raveling.
13. Mod Playhouse by Bjorn Pankratz
This expertly designed house ascends elegantly but ends after two stories. It seems much more realistic than the loose floorboards that make up an average house.
14. Verde By Luciano Pia
This massive treehouse castle is simply a sight to behold. Located in Turin, Italy, the must look ravishing from the inside. If only I had found a way to get in.
15. Chrysalis Residence by Whole trees
These full-sized branching trees died long ago, but the construction of the house shows it must have been alive while it was constructed as light has been allowed inside the chambers. The treeish design makes you feel like a beaver.
16. Treehouse made of Oak by Andreas Wenning
This open-air treehouse is lovingly perched around the perfect oak tree that we all loved and played. Its courtyard is the best place to enjoy solitude among the forest.
So which one did you like the most? Comment below!
There’s also a treehouse hotel located in Goerlitz, on the east-German border to Poland: