When designing a low-maintenance home for his parents in Venice, California, Daniel Monti took inspiration from a massive stone pine tree that dominated the location, never considering removing it despite the challenges it presented. The tree's canopy stretches over the first floor of the home, and can be glimpsed from the multiple skylights that are placed strategically above the living area.
When constructing this stucco-clad home in Austin, Texas, architect Matt Fajkus took a page from tree house vernacular, even as he kept the structure firmly planted on the ground. A live oak tree sprouts from the rear deck and can easily be viewed from each unit of the U-shaped home, all of which feature numerous windows.
When Torrey Lee decided to build a new house on the site where his grandmother's had been, he wanted to make sure that this wouldn't mean cutting down 50-year-old podocarpus tree that he had played on as a child. Instead the tree became a direct feature of his La Jolla, California, home, providing a roof of sorts for the slatted wood porch that abuts the main structure.
On the look for a new home, architect Dieter Van Everbroeck instead fell in love with a spectacular 300-year-old beech tree next to a "banal bungalow" in Ghent, Belgium. As he set out to renovate the house, Van Everbroeck sought to create a more active interplay between the tree's impressive verticality and the horizontal quality of the structure itself.
A mature avocado tree provides sun-dappled shade in the back patio of this pared-down Spanish colonial in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.