Trees Run Through It: The Franz House

Building a home around live trees isn't a new idea — after all, Odysseus carved his bed from a live olive tree. It is, however, a striking one. At Franz House, Bak Architects modernized this ancient concept, wrapping a modern porch around three trees to create a visually arresting house.

Much of the home is made of concrete, a signature of Bak. While modern, it can look a bit cold in the interior. However, the tree trunks running through the porch are a gorgeous focal point from many areas of the house. The combination of industrial concrete and rustic charm is both a bit jarring and a bit beautiful. It's perfect for hardcore modernists who want a woodland retreat.

1. A detailed view of the porch where you can see the holes in the porch ceiling.
2. An exterior view of the house, which is still under construction.
3. A view of the bedrooms at night, with the trunks running outside their windows.
4. The trees in daylight, as seen from upstairs.
5. The back porch at night, with a series of concrete planters running along one side.

For more information on this project, see Bak Architects.

Via The Contemporist

Images: Bak Architects

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.