In coastal Norway, an architect carefully preserved a pair of mature plum trees by building a tiny guesthouse around them.
At this Saigon home, native trees are planted on the ground floor as well as on internal balconies, covering the home with plants and shifting the natural world inside.
Alterstudio Architecture of Austin designed this house in the Texas capital for a young family of four. The clients insisted that none of the trees on the property be disturbed, so the team built a deck and an overhang around two of them.
What differentiates a house designed by architects from a woodland nest built by a robin or a rabbit? That basic, elemental question—and a desire to narrow the gap between the two— inspired the 1,300-square-foot home Hiroshima-based architect Keisuke Maeda designed for a teacher, her two teenage daughters, and their cat in the hills of Onomichi, on the southern end of the Japanese island of Honshu.
A single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer, defines the courtyard at this modern Seoul home.