Building your house around a tree

Articles, Design

House Bern Heim Beuk in Belgium might be the ultimate treehouse. Designed by Ghent studio Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, it has a giant tree plunging through the roof and lanky wooden slats criss-crossing the facade like a canopy of bare branches. It’s a literal treehouse that is also an abstract interpretation of a treehouse”….

(full article by Suzanne Labarre here via fastcodesign.com)

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The Langkawi Sky Bridge in Malaysia

Design, Misc.

‘The Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125 metre (410 ft) curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge in Malaysia. It is located 700 metres (2,300 ft) above sea level at the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang on Pulau Langkawi, an island in the Langkawi archipelago in Kedah. The Langkawi Sky Bridge is accessible by the Langkawi Cable Car and offers stunning views of the surround area’……(via Wikipedia)

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Not your average lookin’ church

Articles, Design

‘According to X Architekten, the project architects, the chapel sits on an island surrounded by major traffic arteries–a virtual no-man’s land “in need of a new strong character.” Instead of building a towering structure that would compete with Voestalpine’s other company buildings, the firm decided to carve the church into a hillside, leaving the rooftop as a walkable bridge. Keeping the structure low to the ground also obviated the need to build an expensive foundation.Inside, visitors are greeted by a dizzying array of faceted walls lined with white-spruce paneling and exposed light strips. Views of the green lawn through floor-to-ceiling windows contrast with the spare, brightly lit interior–which offers nary a dark, dusty pew for silent contemplation. And perhaps that’s the point: In this church, there’s no hiding from God’….

Read the full article by Belinda Lanks here. (via fastcodesign)

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