Modern Homes Built Around Trees

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March 19, 2014
Wishing to preserve existing sites and the natural beauty of original trees, these seven homes use nature as their centerpiece.
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  The swooping concrete roof of the EggO house in Prague, moors the property to the land. Upreaching spruce and apple trees show that reaching up requires a firm foundation. Photo by Jens Passoth.  Photo by: Jens Passoth

    The swooping concrete roof of the EggO house in Prague, moors the property to the land. Upreaching spruce and apple trees show that reaching up requires a firm foundation. Photo by Jens Passoth.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  In their search for a home in Ghent, Belgium, an architect and his partner fell in love with a spectacular 300-year-old beech tree in the former deer park of a chateau on the city's outskirts. Moved by the tree, the couple bought the home appended to the property. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

    In their search for a home in Ghent, Belgium, an architect and his partner fell in love with a spectacular 300-year-old beech tree in the former deer park of a chateau on the city's outskirts. Moved by the tree, the couple bought the home appended to the property. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Struck by the comfort and majesty of a stone pine tree on his home's Venice, California, lot, principal Daniel Monti of Modal Design sought to echo the qualities of the tree in his three bedroom family home. Photo by Benny Chan.  Photo by: Benny ChanCourtesy of: © fotoworks

    Struck by the comfort and majesty of a stone pine tree on his home's Venice, California, lot, principal Daniel Monti of Modal Design sought to echo the qualities of the tree in his three bedroom family home. Photo by Benny Chan.

    Photo by: Benny Chan

    Courtesy of: © fotoworks

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  Getting to keep the now over-50-foot-tall podocarpus tree on their inherited San Diego lot encouraged the Lee family to accept the plans of architectural firm Public Architecture and Planning. For the Lees, the redesign began with staying in touch with their roots. Photo by Noah Webb.  Photo by: Noah Webb

    Getting to keep the now over-50-foot-tall podocarpus tree on their inherited San Diego lot encouraged the Lee family to accept the plans of architectural firm Public Architecture and Planning. For the Lees, the redesign began with staying in touch with their roots. Photo by Noah Webb.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  The scarcity of rain in Lima, Peru, renders trees precious commodities. But the trees studding the property of the resident of Casa Serpiente have a profounder importance; his house is built around the trees of his childhood backyard. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    The scarcity of rain in Lima, Peru, renders trees precious commodities. But the trees studding the property of the resident of Casa Serpiente have a profounder importance; his house is built around the trees of his childhood backyard. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  In honor of their son's return, a couple in Indonesia expanded their home. Connecting the addition to the main house, an arboretum and breezeway also serves as a garage, storing the father's motorcycles. Photos by Deny Wibowo and Pandji Vasco.

    In honor of their son's return, a couple in Indonesia expanded their home. Connecting the addition to the main house, an arboretum and breezeway also serves as a garage, storing the father's motorcycles. Photos by Deny Wibowo and Pandji Vasco.

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  After falling over at the rear of a Brentwood estate in Los Angeles, a 40-year-old pine tree continued to grow. Inspired by the tree's resilience, the property owner built a guesthouse around the tree. This window shows the source behind the structure's conception. Photo by Eric Staudenmaier.  Photo by: Eric Staudenmaier

    After falling over at the rear of a Brentwood estate in Los Angeles, a 40-year-old pine tree continued to grow. Inspired by the tree's resilience, the property owner built a guesthouse around the tree. This window shows the source behind the structure's conception. Photo by Eric Staudenmaier.

    Photo by: Eric Staudenmaier

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