Grow your own Tree Home

Three German architects have penned the term: “building botany” for their new tree-house design. According to the post by Urban Gardens: “Training trees to grow in all manner of decorative shapes is not new, it has been part of the skilled landscape gardener’s repertoire since the 13th century. And companies like the Israeli firm, Plantware, have perfected these techniques as they have shaped trees into fruit bowls, toilet paper holders and street lamps; they call their work “arborsculpture.”

Arbo Architecture

Arbo Architecture

Building Botany

Building Botany

Pretty cool I think. It reminds me of something from Frank Herbert’s “Dune” series – Chapterhouse, where the captors were describing how he tamed his “frame brush” which would eventually grow into a fine home… I kind of picture something like this. I wonder how long a structure like this would survive? Would you live in it while it was still growing? How would you preserve it after it died? or would you have already started growing replacement plants? Could you only live in warm climates? or could it be adapted for cold regions too?

via Spiegel and Treehugger

Published in: on July 31, 2009 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

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