A House Built Around Trees

by Shilpi Paul

A House Built Around Trees: Figure 1

Earlier this week, The New York Times featured a very cool Vancouver home that was built as a literal tree-hugger: the owners designed the house around four giant Douglas Firs. While the house doesn’t have trees coming through the floorboards or branches reaching into bedrooms, the subtle cut-outs in the deck and a long, narrow hallway reveal the design that incorporated the 350-year old trees. The owners, a couple from Calgary, ended up spending about $4.5 million on the contemporary home.

More photos below.

A House Built Around Trees: Figure 2

A House Built Around Trees: Figure 3

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  1. Adam L said at 8:27 pm on Sunday July 15, 2012:
    The Embassy of Finland in Washington did the same thing and removed only one tree during the construction of the chancery.
  1. A dunbar said at 12:07 am on Wednesday September 12, 2012:
    This house was also featured in the Vancouver Province! - It was designed by the San Francisco Architectural Firm INTERSTICE Architects. It is an integrated landscape architecture / architecture firm - you should look them up at intersticearchitects.com!

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