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Creative Whole Tree Architecture

Tree architecture is the art and science of designing buildings and other structures using trees as the primary structural element. Tree architecture can be used to create a variety of different structures, including homes, offices, museums, and even bridges.

Whole tree architecture

The concept of using ‘whole trees’ or parts thereof has multiple benefits.  Of course, there is the visual impact of tree architecture, but did you know that natural timber is significantly stronger than milled timber?  

This is due to the fact that milled timber is cut from larger pieces of wood, which weakens the overall structure. Natural timber, on the other hand, is cut from smaller pieces of wood, which results in a stronger overall structure. In addition, natural timber is also cheaper if you are able to source it.

The timber can be used as nature shaped it or can be moulded using heat and steam. Both retain their natural beauty and strength. Any conventional timber finish can be used including oils, stains and paints.

Buderim 1980 - Russell Hall Architects

Here are a few images of tree architecture to get your imagination working


One of the most popular applications of tree architecture is the use of trees to create stairs. Tree stairs are a popular choice for both indoor and outdoor applications, as they can provide a unique and stylish look to any space.

Rustic Bench

The outdoor bench is a staple of tree architecture. Its simple, elegant design can be found in parks and gardens around the world. The bench is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while still being comfortable.

3D Wall Art

When it comes to home decor, there are few things as unique and eye-catching as 3D wall art. And when that wall art is made out of trees, it’s even more special.

Tree architecture is a relatively new field, but it’s one that is quickly gaining popularity. After all, what could be more beautiful than a wall with a whole tree structure?

Would you do something like this if you could?
Coat Rack

One way to incorporate tree branches into your home decor is to simply use the branches as a coat rack. This is a great rustic touch to any room in the home. You can simply lean the branches against the wall or door, or mount them on the wall. Either way, your guests will be impressed.

Eco House

Eco-houses are designed to be more environmentally friendly than traditional houses. They are built with sustainable materials, use less energy, and often generate their own power. Eco-houses can help to reduce your carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the environment.

One way to make eco-houses more sustainable is to incorporate whole trees into their design. Trees provide a number of benefits that can help reduce the environmental impact of a home, including providing shade, reducing energy consumption, and creating a more natural look.

Incorporating whole trees into eco-houses can also help to create a more natural look and feel. Trees can provide a sense of tranquillity and peace and can help to connect a home with its surroundings.


When planning the layout for your master bedroom, consider incorporating a bed that is built around or incorporates a whole tree. This can create a unique and beautiful focal point for the room, as well as provide you with a rustic bed.

Do you want more of this creative architecture? Then get more inspiration from the gallery below.

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