Roald Gunderson‘s work utilizes the naturally inherent strength and beauty of trees.

Roald Gunderson‘s work utilizes the naturally inherent strength and beauty of trees.


Roald Gunderson‘s designs use naturally curved wood for maximum effect.

Roald Gunderson‘s designs use naturally curved wood for maximum effect.


Whole trees and parts of whole trees (naturally curved branches and wood) have 150% the strength of milled wood, are 100 times more abundant than millable old-growth forests, have similar weight to strength ratio as steel in compression and twice the strength of steel in tension, require almost no processing, and utilize wood that would otherwise go to waste such as tree trimmings left over from logging operations. This type of wood is often available for free and way more beautiful than milled wood.

“The effect is astonishing: by using the natural shape of trees rather than milling them into dimensional lumber, the resulting architecture becomes organic and lifelike as if it were a living, breathing and growing structure – though correspondingly more difficult to construct, each custom branch and trunk needing to fit somehow in with the rest.

Aside from the breath-taking eco-aesthetic of his whole-tree houses and homes, Roald Gunderson‘s work has a number of benefits for the environment as well as a client’s pocketbook. Time, energy and money are saved by skipping the normal steps of processing raw wood into standard wooden structural sizes. Also, less carbon is released into the air and the naturally curved wood branches are stronger than their straight-and-narrow counterparts.”

Read the rest at Dornob.com
Whole Trees Architecture.com
(Be sure to check out his huge greenhouse that’s built primarily of branches.)


Comments

Whole-Tree Building: How to Craft Super-Natural Eco-Homes — 3 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Ripples and commented:
    When I saw these photos, I knew right away I was looking at home. We’ve already chosen a terrific design by Owen Geiger, but incorporating some aspect of whole branches like these into the home is a must. This is beyond beautiful, it’s spiritual.

  2. Building with wood like this is the norm in certain parts of the US, because it makes so much sense. But sadly the building codes make building this way impossible in most areas. It’s just one more example of how codes have become onerous and detrimental to average citizens. The bottom line is people pay more so big corporations can maximize their profits.

    Anyway, these are the type of photos I would include if I ever make a Pinterest site.

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