A Canadian farmer, Nelson Henderson, once said, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” How about a gazebo made of living trees — one that takes 60 years to grow? A Swedish architecture firm, Visiondivision, designed such a structure for Politecnico de Milano, a university for engineers, architects and industrial designers based in Milan, Italy. During a recent weeklong workshop, 10 Japanese cherry trees were planted. They will be trained to form a dome that encloses the first story. These trees will also support a second story and a stairway that reaches it. Meanwhile, various pieces of furniture throughout the structure will be fashioned out of of plants and trees. Read more about it here. But the idea of arborisculpture is not new. You can see various examples here.
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.