Living Architecture

In this Vlog piece I looked at a buggered old wall at the back of the garden. It’s over a hundred years old and is on the brink of collapse. The cause of this wall’s untimely demise is a neighbouring chestnut tree which has gently torn the wall apart with its roots. This act of nature to pull apart what ever stands in its way is quite beautiful (although my client doesn’t think so!). It inspired me to recall the mystical and abandoned temples of Cambodia and Ankor Wat, which unloved for centuries have fallenl claim to the surrounding rainforests, which have slowly pushed the huge blocks of stone into new forms.

For me this interaction with nature is immense and truly inspiring. I wonder how we can harness it? In Meghalaya South India, the population often train the  roots of Banyan trees to grow across ravines and rivers creating living bridges. There’s plenty of precedent and existing arboricultural arts which shape and form plants and trees into elaborate shapes and patterns – can we grow this into architectural space? How else could we grow buildings in the future?