A house built in Japan features an internal courtyard, which the residents liken to a nest.
A young, drought-tolerant Tristania conferta (also known as Australian brush box tree) grows up through the chill-out room under the deck at the rear of a house in Los Angeles. Photo by Tom Fowlks.
A 300-year-old beech tree supplies shade, movement, sound, and color to the site, and provides a towering natural counterpoint to a house architect Dieter Van Everbroeck renovated in Ghent. Photo by Hertha Hernaus.
In a tiny 653-square-foot house in Tokyo, a 20-foot-high garden room brings a sense of the outdoors in. A centrally positioned evergreen ash anchors the airy terrace, which is paved with complementary gray bricks.
House 2.0 relies on recycled wood for support—notably, two enormous former mooring posts of basralocus wood and an entire elm tree, which supports the suspended living room. Photo by Hans Peter Follmi.
Despite the challenges a pine tree’s location presented, architect Daniel Monti never considered removing it from its native Venice, California, location. “The pine tree is such a special piece of the lot that you can’t help but fall in love with it,” says Monti. Instead, he worked around it to create a three-bedroom 2,700-square-foot home that echoes the beauty of that majestic age-old tree.
A Cor-Ten rainscreen filters dappled light through the house—an effect similar to sun shining through tree leaves.