For our latest lookbook, we’ve rounded up 10 homes with interiors that combine indoors and outdoors, with lush trees in pots, planters, and interior courtyards.
As many people continue to work from home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the comfort and design of our homes have become an important aspect of daily life.
Bringing the outdoors in by adding taller trees to the home, in addition to regular houseplants, can help make interiors cooler and more peaceful.
Below we have found 10 houses from the Dezeen Archives where trees brighten up the interiors.
This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series, a source of visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include homes with exposed concrete, bedrooms with sleek woodwork, and living rooms with sleek rugs.
Margin House, Japan, by Yukawa Design Lab
Japanese architect Kohei Yukawa designed Margin House for him and his family, organizing the house around an atrium in the center that contains a large tree.
The space surrounding the indoor tree was based on the traditional Japanese doma rooms, which were made from compressed earth and formed a threshold between the inside and the outside.
Here, the tree nods to the traditional connection with the outdoors and also helps to emphasize the height of the room.
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Eighty Seven Park, USA, by Renzo Piano
Florida’s Eighty Seven Park is a beach building in Surfside designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. Inside the oval-shaped condominium, Parisian studio Rena Dumas Architecture Interieure decorated the interiors to refer to the lush green landscape that surrounds the building.
Tall Areca palms in white pots line a long living room with floor-to-ceiling glazing, creating the impression of an indoor rainforest.
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Kinuta Terrace, Japan, by Keiji Ashizawa Design and Norm Architects
Trees don’t have to be tall to bring a breath of fresh air to a home. In this Tokyo apartment, a smaller tree in the living room has twisted roots that make it look like an oversized bonsai tree.
Its wooden trunk matches the apartment’s oak-clad planks and contrasts with the pale gray concrete walls. The whole apartment has been designed around a central courtyard to give its owners the experience of living in a garden house.
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AgriNesture, Vietnam, by H&P Architects
The AgriNesture house in Mao Khe, Vietnam has a plantable roof on which its owners can grow food. This connection with nature continues inside the house, where a small tree stands in a cement planter on the top floor, where it is lit by a skylight.
In addition to the tree, the house also features many plants hanging in pots, the green leaves contrasting nicely with its red brick walls.
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La Verdure, Italy, by Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota
Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota designed The Greenery, a farmhouse extension in the countryside outside Parma, to “blur the lines between the natural and the artificial”.
In the extension’s open-plan living space and kitchen, a 10-meter-high ficus tree grows in the center of the space.
“The 20th century Italian architect Carlo Scarpa once said: ‘between a tree and a house, choose the tree’,” Ratti remarked.
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A brutalist tropical house, Indonesia, by Dan Mitchell
This brutalist home, created by architecture studio Patisandhika and designer Dan Mitchell, has a Pandanus utilis, or screw pine, planted in a space in the living room’s concrete floor.
The Indoor Tree nods to the home’s design ethic, which has many sides that open directly to the outside and was created to have a feeling of “tropical outdoor living” . The designer has also thought of all the plants that dot the house to soften the concrete.
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House for a Girl, Vietnam, by Khuôn Studio
House for a Daughter, which has an area for a woman who lives here permanently and one for her family who visit frequently, is built around a triple-height atrium filled with plants.
A large tree stands between the curved white walls of the interior, while plants hang above it. Large skylights flood the house with light and help the plants to thrive.
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Weather House, Japan, by Not Architects Studio
Weather House is located on a corner site in Tokyo and was designed by Not Architects Studio, who took advantage of its layout by completely wrapping both sides of the house in wire mesh.
Here, the terraces function as hybrid indoor / outdoor spaces and are decorated with plants and small trees. Finally, the mesh will be completely covered with climbing plants, completing the transformation.
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Penthouse in Antwerp, Netherlands, by Hans Verstuyft
Belgian architect Hans Verstuyft transformed an Antwerp office building into a penthouse with an open-air courtyard garden visible from both floors of the apartment.
The penthouse serves as both office and home for Verstuyft, who wanted the apartment to have a “non-office building feel”. The organic feel of the garden compensates for the minimalist interior design used for the rest of the apartment.
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Cave House, Mexico, by Abraham Cota Paredes
A tree-lined atrium sits at the center of this Mexican house created for a family from Guadalajara. A window spans two floors of the house, which has been designed as a white “closed cuboid”.
“On the ground floor, the top of the tree rises, filling the void generated by the double heights, extending its branches into the surrounding spaces,” explained architect Abraham Cota Paredes.
The main image is from The Greenery by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Alessandro Saletta from DSL Studio.
This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing visual inspiration curated from Dezeen’s image archive.
For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring wood-paneled bedrooms, living rooms with sleek rugs, and homes with exposed concrete cinder blocks.