Hicret Yildiz Basol
Hui-Chuan Weng
Christoph David Friedrich
Rubens Leal Vasconcellos
Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture

What happens with a building when it is taken over by a banyan tree? Would the environment be too harsh for a tree to grow in or would it collapse under the root pressure and weight of developing plants? The answers can be observed in the Anping Tree House. What actually happens is an entanglement between organic and inorganic matter. In a century long process, the banyan tree takes over more and more of the man-built structure and replaces, reinforces and extends it.

The history of the Anping Tree House in Tainan, Taiwan began in 1867 as a warehouse for the trading company Tait & Company, before it was abandoned around 1940. At that point in time the banyan tree in the center of the building must have started to grow. Over the decades multiple trees took over the whole building and it became known as a spooky place in the city. In 2004, the Tainan City Government invited designers, to come up with a concept for a tourist attraction. Since then, the Anping Tree House is open for visitors and hosts a skywalk through the trees and a historic merchant museum.
The work contains different approaches to portray the unique characteristics of the spectacular growth-system of banyan trees in and around a building. A mix between technical and analytical graphical languages but also atmospheric illustrations provides the opportunity to start explore the space guided by your imagination. The drawings explore the complex relationship between the tree and the building, but also between the roots themselves. The different stages of growth can be seen in how the aerial roots hang from branches. The mosaic of roots on the wall and the ground show us how the banyan spreads with its roots stretching, searching for the optimal conditions.

Anping-Tree-House Section
Munich, 2020 © Rubens Leal Vasconcellos
Explosion drawing
Munich, 2020 © Christoph David Friedrich
Roots descending to the earth
Munich, 2020 © Hicret Yildiz Basol
Terrific Complexity
Munich, 2020 © Hui-Chuan Weng
Respiratory system
Munich, 2020 © Hui-Chuan Weng
Wall in present and future
Munich, 2020 © Myriam Künzel