Oftentimes – too often, it seems – we clear trees to make way for buildings. These structures turn that expectation on its head; every entry in this collection has been built to accommodate a tree or trees, in surprising and creative ways.
(via Joel Allen)
(via Paz Arquitectura)
The Mirrorcube, a 13x13x13 (4x4x4 m) ft mirrored glass box, designed by Tham & Videgard Architekter, opened in 2010
A glass-walled four-story building in the mountains of Kazakhstan, 9 mi (14 km) near Almaty, designed by Aibek Almasov, 2012. It uses geothermal and solar energy, and recycles grey water.
Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, by Pacific Environments in Auckland, New Zealand, 2008-2009. It stands on a 130 ft (40 m) high Redwood tree and big enough for 30 people.