Through his travels abroad, New Zealander Barry Cox developed his fascination for architecture and design of churches. This interest inspired him to create a living, breathing church using a wide variety of trees.
To pull this off, Cox tapped the help of his own gardening company Treelocations, which transports living trees using a mechanical tree spade, to relocate saplings onto his property. This allowed him to replant a wide variety of trees any way he wanted in order to complete his church.
Trees with stone-colored trunks were used by Cox for the walls of the church. For the roof, Cox used trees with sparse-foliage to provide visitors with a natural light source.
Speaking to Stuff, the tree architect said: “I walked out my back door one day and thought, ‘That space needs a church.”
“And so it began. I cleared the area in April 2011 and made the iron frame, drawing on all the research I had done over the years of studying churches. I wanted the roof and the walls to be distinctly different, to highlight the proportions, just like masonry churches.”
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Source: treechurch.co.nz, treelocations.co.nz
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