Architecture continues to grow up in the world with tree elements. Check out this 8 Exceptional Buildings That Use Trees as a Design Element.
Several firms, from Los Angeles to Switzerland, have turned to trees and shrubs as an integral building material.
The arboreal aesthetic is inspired by a number of practical considerations: In efforts to minimise the effects of greenhouse gases from new buildings, architects have included more greenery to supply shade, boost air quality, and lessen the occupants’ need for air-conditioning.
Rolex’s future Dallas headquarters was designed by architect Kengo Kuma and broke ground in 2015. Inspired by the stone walls of Japanese castles, the building twists to reveal landscaped terraces and will feature a tree-lined rooftop event space.
BIG, the firm of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, recently announced 670 Mesquit, its first project in Los Angeles. The 2.6 million-square-foot mixed-use development incorporates two buildings made up of concrete cubes, each covered with landscaped terraces.
Architect Vincent Callebaut’s Agora Gardens Tower is currently under way in Taipei and due to be completed in 2017. The eco-friendly building, which was inspired by the double-helix structure of DNA, will feature plants and trees on every floor to consume carbon dioxide and even allow residents to grow their own food.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects envisions a tree-lined campus at FPT University in Ho Chi Minh City. Set to occupy 14 square miles, the campus will relate an elevated forest surrounding an expansive courtyard.
The 2015 winning design for the Urban Habitat Award by Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat was the ParkRoyal on Pickering, a hotel in Singapore created by WOHA.
German-based Ingenhoven Architects devised plans for Marina One, a new high-rise development in Singapore.
Italian architect Stefano Boeri recently announced a 36-story tower in Lausanne, Switzerland. Tower of Cedars will feature 18,000 plants, 6,000 shrubs, and 100 trees, all protecting residents from noise pollution and dust.
This Ho Chi Minh City complex by Vo Trong Nghia Architects will be composed of a trio of buildings that are wrapped in bamboo and linked with bridges shaded by foliage. Set on a roughly 90,400-square-foot plot, the three buildings—each 22 stories—will accommodate some 720 residences, all with access to the communal rooftop garden.
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