Architecture that blends into nature allows the materials to breathe and interact with their surroundings.  Many structures have been built in forests and natural spaces in a sustainable way and in total harmony with the environment.  The goal is to respect the needs of nature without being invasive.


Living in the forest

Here are some examples of structures that are more than just your traditional cabin in the woods.


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We can find spaces with several different uses, from tiny houses to spaces surrounded by windows that bring us into close contact with Mother Earth.

In these examples, the structural shapes mimic the vegetation or the surrounding landscape in a subtle and almost perfect way.


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The interiors of these structures communicate perfectly with the surrounding nature.


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Green tourism

Structures that blend into their bucolic surroundings are often built to be used as accommodation for tourists. These cabins by Network of Architecture in Tyrol are one example. The Tree Suites, designed by Peter Pichler Architecture and located in in Kitzbühel, Austria, are another.


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These cabins give the feeling of being in a traditional alpine house and provide an immersive forest experience.


Connecting with the surroundings

We don’t have to go very far to find wonderful examples of architecture that are in perfect harmony with nature. For example, in the Sierra de Madrid, we can find Casa Levene by NO.MAD Arquitectos.

The house is experimental and respects all the surrounding vegetation.  It’s hidden away and blends into the forest thanks to its subtle style.  The many windows connect the house to the nature that surrounds it.


Biomimetic structures

Creating structures that imitate natural forms results in homes that are completely organic.  Mexican architect Javier Senosiain is a big exponent of biomimetic architecture.

  • Structures inspired by animals:

  • A window inspired by the structure of an eye:

  • A cave or a house?


Vertical gardens

This constant dialogue between nature and architecture comes in many forms, and sometimes it’s the vegetation that takes centre stage.  This is evident in both vertical and ceiling gardens.

Organic architecture is rooted in a close relationship with nature. It’s all about responding to the needs and concerns of the structure’s inhabitants as well as ensuring harmony with, and showing respect towards, the surroundings.

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