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.

The HemLoft Treehouse, designed and constructed by Joel Allen in Whistler, Canada, 2008-2011

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(via Joel Allen)

The treehouse of Doug and Linda Studebaker in Burlingame, California, built by the owners.

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(via Airbnb)

CV by Paz Arquitectura, Guetamala City, Guetamala, 2009-2011

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(via Paz Arquitectura)

The Mirrorcube, a 13x13x13 (4x4x4 m) ft mirrored glass box, designed by Tham & Videgard Architekter, opened in 2010

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(via Dezeen)

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.

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(via Designboom)

Kitchen in Lima, Prolongacion Arenales, Peru, desgined by Ghezzi Novak

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(via ArchDaily)

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.

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(via ArchDaily)

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