Friday, January 26, 2024

Fab Tree Hab receives major National Endowment for the Arts award

One of our very earliest posts back in 2007 was about the marvellous Fab Tree Hab from Terreform ONE - essentially offering the potential to grow your own garden office (or as they put it "creating multispecies dwellings using 100% living grafted woody plants, aiming to redefine green architecture) - and it was also featured in the groundbreaking Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution book. It's pictured above and lots more intriguing images at the Terreform site here.

So we were delighted to hear that the Fab Tree Hab has just been honored with a Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), recognizing its revolutionary approach to architectural design.

For those of you interested in moe information, do click the top link, but in the meantime here are more details:

The Fab Tree Hab is a terrestrial reef and grafted living tree structure that serves as a habitat shared by both humans and animals. It is sublimely located on ten acres of land in New Windsor, New York [and] combines indigenous tree-grafting techniques and computationally designed wooden arch scaffolds. The primary objective is to prototype a dwelling seamlessly integrated into its natural landscape while replacing harmful industrial materials with decarbonizing, bio-based alternatives.

Spanning approximately 1,000 square feet, the structure ingeniously incorporates locally sourced 30-foot-tall tree clusters, meticulously shaped on-site using large cross-laminated timber (CLT) arch scaffolds. Harvested from a nearby biomass farm, these willow trees form the backbone of the construction. The infill wall modules, treated with a combination of beeswax and pine rosin, serve as the canvas for a unique blend of handmade crocheted jute fibers and 3D-printed bioplastic volumes, fostering multispecies habitats. The end result is a vibrant living habitat that significantly enhances biodiversity, creating micro-habitats and intricate food webs for both flora and fauna.


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