Honorable Mention: Deep Roots, Strong Branches

This home is built with weedy, whole trees that would have otherwise gone to waste.


A mezzanine criss-crossed by graceful branches anchors the home's central space.

Photography By Barry Rustin

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Using Roald Gundersen’s innovative “whole-tree architecture,” this unique home is built with weedy, invasive and diseased trees that would otherwise go to waste. Whole trees are inherently strong and sturdy, so cutting down old-growth trees isn’t required. And whole trees lend a graceful, natural quality indoors. With straw bale walls and roof, a solar-powered electric system, passive solar orientation and eco-friendly interior materials, this gorgeous home is a tribute to green building at its finest.

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