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World’s First Tower Made of Hundreds of Living Trees
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On August 26, 2009 @ 2:00 pm In Sustainable Building,Treehouses | 5 Comments
Treehouses  are nothing new to enterprising kids, but a group of architects at the University of Stuttgart  in Germany have brought a new twist to the idea: the first tower made entirely out of living trees. The “baubotanical ” building, which measures 9 meters high with a base area of 8 square meters, is made up of hundreds of White Willow plants, which will eventually fuse together to form a single, giant mega tree.
The baubotanical building isn’t just being built for the fun of it–the architects involved are researching both tree elasticity and how trees can grow around steel supports. If the living tree tower pans out as expected, the concept could be used as a natural building option for everything from bridges  to pavilions to bird-watching stations.
Want to check out the baubotanical tower for yourself? The display will open to the public on September 19 in Wald-Ruhestetten, Germany.
Via Science Daily 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/26/worlds-first-building-made-of-hundreds-of-living-trees/treebuilding/
 Treehouses: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=treehouse
 University of Stuttgart: http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/
 baubotanical: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/27/botany-building-bending-trees-to-form-living-structures/
 green wall: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/05/entangled-bank-a-sustainable-urban-skyscraper/
 bridges: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/11/living-growing-root-bridges-are-100-natural-architecture/
 Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090825103227.htm
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