Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Living, Growing Architecture

German trio makes living treehouses

German trio makes living treehouses

I want to point out the different patterns in this "treehouse" compared to the living bridges image in the previous post. The regular and symmetrical pattern in this building simulate the standard architecture of today. That of the living bridges of megalya is almost completely random. I propose that living tree structures should take this into account and work with the natural growth pattern of the trees that are used, rather than trying to mold them into the square forms of conventional architecture. The regimented design is bound to grow wilder by the year and can only remain uniform through heavy pruning. Like a formal hedge. Pretty but extravagant. A truly sustainable green architecture would provide shelter with the least amount of input. Aside from bending small branches and tying them together, how much less input could one use to achieve some benefit?

The Root Bridges of Cherrapungee

In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren't built - they're grown.

My question is: Why stop at bridges? Why not grow a home in the trees with this method?