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November 12, 2013
In the following slideshow, spy seven ways that architects and designers crafted their structures around trees.
cedar and larch Japanese house with garden

A house built in Japan features an internal courtyard, which the residents liken to a nest.

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Originally appeared in Back to Nature
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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 the house.

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.

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The 300-year-old beech tree supplies shade, movement, sound, and color to the site, and provides a towering natural counterpoint to the renovated home's long, low expanses of glass.

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.

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Originally appeared in The Tree of Ghent
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"We tried to achieve a space in which inside and outside co-exist together," architect Akira Mada says. "As we walk around the house, at times we feel the space is totally outside while at other moments it is an interior. It’s this co-existence that gives

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.

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Originally appeared in Great Indoors
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Modern Japanese-style house made of recycled elm wood

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.

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Originally appeared in Second to None
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Finally, the stone pine tree reveals itself from the backyard looking over the Venice neighborhood. Its canopy stretches over the first floor of the home and can be glimpsed by the skylights placed strategically above the living area.

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.

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Originally appeared in The Giving Tree
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In stark contrast to Monti’s 1920s home now being rented out, the Walnut Residence never seems to run out of natural light. “After six months of living here, my wife and I noticed that we never turn on the light," remarked Monti. "I never have to turn on

A Cor-Ten rainscreen filters dappled light through the house—an effect similar to sun shining through tree leaves.

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cedar and larch Japanese house with garden

A house built in Japan features an internal courtyard, which the residents liken to a nest.

Photo by Hiroshi Ueda.

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