Posted by : Anand January 20, 2009

GREEN Art, Architecture, Design and Tec 4

Unusual Green Art:

Again, this ‘green art’ defies most conventions - it is not necessarily sustainable (though some of it is) though it is all ‘green’ and ‘environmental’ in some abstract form or another. Consider this a way of rethinking what it means to ‘go green’ in our postmodern age.

Creative Green Arbosculpture:

Some of these works are intentional and some of them are simply strange natural formations over time. All of these, however, show the amazing versatility of one of the slowest-growing living things on our planet.

Trees and plants have a kind of flexibility that is both disturbing and inspiring. Left to their own devices they can wrap around objects and create strange works of unintentional art. Properly pruned and cultivated they can be made into curious, compelling and useful shapes of all sorts. From tree furniture designs to unchecked acts of nature here are 25 examples of the amazing malleability of trees. Of course, there are many forms of Strange green art and other Subversive ways to garden.
Tree Sculpture

Richard Reams of Arborsmith dot Com focuses more on the artistic side of arbosculpture, creating some meaningful shapes (such as piece signs) as well as whimsically abstract pieces of tree sculpture. Some of his projects (such as grown fence enclosures and tree furniture) do, however, still serve a purpose.

Drive Through Tree

Chandelier Tree is a three hundred foot Redwood tree in California which had a hole carved into it nearly a century ago. While such an intrusion on a magnificent tree would likely not be tolerated today at the time the novelty was considered worthwhile so that a car could pass right through a six foot hole at the base.

Overgrown Trees

At many historic ruins trees have, over time, integrated themselves into the broken remnants of ancient structures. Of course this can be a problem structurally as the tree growth may compromise the stability of a building but aesthetically it is hard to deny the impressiveness of time as seen through trees.

Amazing Tree Houses:

Tree houses aren’t just wooden shacks for children anymore. These days tree house design has been taken in a wide variety of new directions. From cozy lofted habitats to amazing floating branch-mansions here are some examples that span the spectrum of current tree house design.

Modern but Traditional Tree House Design Architects

Baumraum treehouses blends classic notions of a simple wood structure in a tree with modernist angles, clean lines and other design elements. These both blend with and stand out from their natural environs and are customized to client wishes before being installed. The Baumraum group is both experimental and experienced, wish expertise in tree types, capabilities and environmental impact.

Elegant and Simple Modern Tree House Architecture

The 4Treehouse by Lukasz Kos floats like a “Japanese lantern on stilts” and is situated to accommodate four existing trees on the site. As with the best tree house designs, this project successfully worked around the existing natural site conditions. The three-story house itself rents suspended from these four primary site trees.

Geodesic Tree House Design and Drawings

The 02 Sustainability Tree House defies many of the conventions one associates with a typical tree house. The paradigm of a square shack-like wooden structure is replaced with a light and spacious geodesic dome structure that requires very little (and eco-friendly) material and has minimal impact on trees in which it is placed (hanging from cables rather than bolted to trees). It is designed for residential, meditation and meeting functions.

House Made Out of a Tree

This amazing Vietnamese tree house structure is a “tree house” in an entirely unconventional sense of the phrase and draws tourists and guests from around the world. Of course not just anyone can get permission to build a house like this: it helps to be the daughter of the ex-president of the country. Tourists are even able to stay in the rooms overnight.

Romero Studios, helmed by Roderick and Anisa Romero, designs and creates tree houses so striking they look more like art installations than dwellings. Their work includes one of the tree houses at Finca Bella Vista and the four tree houses pictured above, among many others. Clients have the freedom to create the tree house of their dreams, from Moroccan lantern-shapes and suspended ‘nests’ to rustic cabins in the sky. Special touches include built-in storage and stained glass windows.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Renzo says:

    It is amazing, green architecture is the futere desings.

  2. Flex says:

    Wow! Those are extremely fascinating structures. I agree to that Renzo, green architecture sure does have a future.
    -house designs

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