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    Tree Play

    by ArchitectureWeek

    The tree house is classically conceived as a clever exploitation of the tree as a structural element in the provision of human shelter. But a recent exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden turned that perception around, exploring ideas for building in trees while protecting them and learning lessons from nature.

    During the summer of 2003, the temporary exhibition "TREEmendous TREEhouses" displayed 11 site-specific, custom-designed, designer-built structures intended to stretch the traditional idea of the classic tree house. The designs were chosen in a competition that sought exemplary combinations of educational themes and people in harmony with nature.

    Entries came from collaborations of architects, landscape architects, designers, builders, engineers, and businesses from all over the southern region of the United States. The 11 chosen designs were not only creative and educational. They were also required to be "tree friendly" and not cause damage to the tree being used. They were encouraged to be universally accessible to all visitors.

    The tree house by Urban Studio and Piedmont Construction was dubbed "Tree Tectonics." According to designer David Bucciero, this structure explores the relationship between form and nature.   >>>

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    "Tree Tectonics" by Urban Studio and Piedmont Construction was one of the nondestructive tree houses featured at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
    Photo: Urban Studio

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    "Tree Tectonics" was a study in three-dimensional movement and form.
    Photo: Urban Studio

     

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