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10 Houses Built Around Trees

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Some might say that tree houses are just for kids, but the architects of these innovative homes might beg to differ.

1. The glass-enclosed tree

The architect of this house created vertical windows that enclose the tree trunks.

2. Spiral staircase

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This spiral staircase in Hector, New York winds around a tree trunk.

3. The living room tree

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This cement house in Guatemala has a tree growing through the living room.

4. Tree stump house

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This little house was made from the stump of a cedar tree.

5. The tree-friendly deck

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This architects of this house in Mexico preserved dozens of trees on the property, including the many trees growing where they wanted to put a pool deck.

6. Beachfront tree house

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The owners of this treehouse on Anna Maria Island in Florida are fighting a zoning battle to keep it.

7. Courtyard tree

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Even though the house wasn't planned around this small courtyard tree, we like the way a little outdoor space was tucked into the center of the house.

8. Inspired by God

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This house in Tennessee incorporates seven trees. It is currently closed to the public.

9. A-frame house

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A house in Tokyo has trees growing though the edge of the roof.

10. The fig tree house

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The foundation of this 1919 house in Pasadena was built around the roots of a Moreton Bay fig tree thought to be hundreds of years old.

Honorable mention:

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It's not a house, but we couldn't resist including this other-worldly pod built around a redwood tree. It's an event venue in New Zealand that holds up to 30 guests.

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This Russian Kindergarten Looks Just Like a Castle
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A group of lucky kindergarteners in Russia don’t have to wear poufy dresses or plastic crowns to pretend they’re royalty. As Atlas Obscura reports, all they have to do is go to school.

In a rural area of Russia's Leninsky District sits a massive, pastel-colored schoolhouse that was built to resemble Germany's famed Neuschwanstein Castle. It has turrets and gingerbread-like moldings—and instead of a moat, the school offers its 150 students multiple playgrounds, a soccer field, a garden, and playhouses.

Tuition is 21,800 rubles (about $360) a month, but the Russian government subsidizes it to make it less expensive for parents. As for the curriculum: it’s designed to promote social optimism, and each month’s lesson plan is themed. (September, for example, will be career-focused.)

Take a video tour of the school below, or learn more on the school’s website.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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This Chinese Library's Interior Is Designed to Look Like an Infinite Tunnel of Books
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The Chinese city of Yangzhou is known for its graceful arched bridges and proximity to the Yangtze River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Architects kept these unique local features in mind while designing Zhongshuge Yangzhou, a new bookstore and library that was completed in 2016.

Designed by Shanghai studio XL-Muse Architects, the building has black, mirrored floors and arched ceilings that symbolize Yangzhou’s famous waterways and overpasses. The floor reflects the store’s curving shelves to create the illusion of a never-ending tunnel of books—a true bibliophile’s dream.

Learn more about Yangzhou’s unique library/bookstore below, courtesy of Great Big Story.

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