An Architecture of Trees

The Chrysalis residence, near Avalanche, Wis., was built with small trees harvested from the immediate surroundings.

Roald Gundersen's timber frames exploit the natural form and inherent strength of small trees.

The architect uses small-diameter trees to support structures from the interior, permitting large daylight openings.

Peeling the bark while the tree is still standing allows slow, even drying and completely kills the tree, helping nearby millable timber to flourish.

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