The H-Shaped Karri Loop House Bends & Raises Itself Around Three Trees

By: Tiffany - Feb 27, 2014
References: morq.it & dezeen
The Karri Loop House was built by local Australian architecture and design studio MORQ. In the efforts to create a cleaner carbon footprint when building structures, MORQ convinced their client to build a family home that revolves around three mature trees, instead of having to demolish them. The home is located in Western Australia, in the town of Margaret River.

The three indigenous trees feature a Karri tree and two Marri trees. The single story dwelling is constructed in an H shape and can be seen wrapping itself around the barks of the three trees. The exterior facade features plywood that has been roughly sawed and painted in a layer of black paint.

Inside the dwelling are dramatic double height ceilings that feature glass windows that envelop the sides of the home to provide views of the three trees. "These trees, their root systems and their unstable large branches presented a challenge to the build-ability of the house," says the architects on the need to raise the home above ground to avoid destroying the trees’ ecosystems.