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Appropriately named, this two-story study retreat grown out of 10 intertwined Japanese cherry blossom trees will be fully formed in about 60 years.
The Nest Houses by Patrick Dougherty — New Harmony, Indiana
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Live in a giant nest designed by sticks works pioneer James Dougherty.
Asakusa Tree by RAA Architects — Tokyo, Japan
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A living façade proposed for the entrance to Sosenji-Temple, a popular tourist destination in Tokyo. Each floor “is supported by spiraled pillars that grow like a vine,” and the building itself runs off of natural energy from the sun, wind, and rain.
Ground Beneath by Jaakko Pernu — Nallikari, Oulu
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The ultimate open-air pavilion cum treehouse that offers hours of climbing fun.
Ficus House — Okinawa, Japan
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Inspired by the great arborsmith and creator of the tree circus, Axel Erlandson, this fast-growing ficus treehouse is something you can literally plant and watch grow.
Tree Home by RAA — Osaka, Japan
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An open-air home inspired by a tree.
Fab Tree Hab by Mitchell Joachim and Javier Arbona
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Architects Mitchell Joachim and Javier Arbona, along with environmental engineer Lara Greden, have “designed a house that will grow from a few seedlings into a two-story, water-recycling, energy-efficient abode.” Fab tree hab indeed.
Botany Buildings by Oliver Storz, Ferdinand Ludwig and Hannes Schwertfeger
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In time, this clever arbo-architecture is designed to support itself. Why cut down trees for timber when you can just plant them for solid, living structural support?
Baubotanical Tower by Ferdinand Ludwig — Neue Kunst am Ried, Germany
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This gorgeous lookout tower naturally changes form with the seasons.
Chopstick Concession Stand and Swingset by VISIONDIVISION — Indianapolis, Indiana
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Taking cues from a simple wooden chopstick, this snack stand swing hybrid is built out of one single log (aka a “chopstick”).