Whole Tree Architecture


This farm house in Avalanche, Wisconsin was created by diseased and weak trees that were located on the property, a model exemplary of how beautiful green architecture can be. Designed by Architect Roald Gunderson who is a “whole tree Architect;” his designs incorporate the whole tree, including round timbers, curves and branches.


The framing for this three bedroom, 2,160 square foot structure uses whole branching box alder and elm trees. Straw bales covered with curved wood purlins that have been reclaimed from a wood kiln help to insulate the metal roof. Straw bales were also used as insulation for the majority of the walls inside the home.



This bedroom was built with whole birch trees and pine flooring. The green that can be seen on the wall came from green sand that was found on the cliffs of a river that was located close by.



The bathroom was designed with pine for the flooring.
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