A Different Tree House: Whole Tree Architecture

A Different Tree House: Whole Tree Architecture

Amber Byfield
Nov 12, 2009

This striking home is a refreshing take on a "tree house," utilizing whole, unmilled trees (and not the strong ones in the forest, either, but the weak and diseased ones) to create an environmentally-conscious and beautiful home that echoes nature.

Architect Roald Gundersen's vision of using whole trees for architecture appealed to the pair of farmers living on this Wisconsin acreage. The eco-friendliness doesn't stop there, though; the home is made with straw-bale construction, relies on a combination of solar and electric, utilizes recycled doors and windows, has low-VOC paints, and (we think best of all) the construction was powered by environmentally-friendly means (farm horses pulled the trees from around the property and the saw ran off of vegetable oil).

Head over to Natural Home Magazine for the full story (the details are really great and you'll get a sense of how "of the earth" this home really is), and click here for more images.

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(Image: Barry Rustin for Natural Home Magazine.)

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