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8 Remarkable Buildings That Use Trees as a Design Element

From Singapore to Switzerland, firms have introduced more greenery to provide shade, improve air quality, and reduce reliance on air-conditioning

Tree-inspired architecture continues to sprout up around the world, including plant-covered buildings currently under construction in Taipei, Dallas, and Singapore. Several firms, from Los Angeles to Switzerland, have turned to trees and shrubs as an integral building material. The arboreal aesthetic is inspired by a number of practical considerations: In efforts to minimize the effects of greenhouse gases from new buildings, architects have incorporated more greenery to supply shade, boost air quality, and lessen the occupants’ need for air-conditioning. AD surveys eight beautiful, tree-centric buildings that are changing the way we look at modern architecture.

Rolex’s future Dallas headquarters was designed by architect Kengo Kuma and broke ground in 2015. Inspired by the stone walls of Japanese castles, the building twists to reveal landscaped terraces and will feature a tree-lined rooftop event space.

Rolex Tower in Dallas
Photo: Courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates

See the new skyscrapers going up in Uptown’s $1 billion growth spurt

The Dallas Morning News

By Steve Brown

More than $1 billion in new development is under way in Dallas’ Uptown district just north of downtown.

Construction of high-rise residential and office buildings has transformed the area over the last decade.

Uptown facts
  • More than $5 billion in property values — almost the same as downtown
  • 19,000 residents and a daytime population of 30,000
  • Almost 10,000 apartments with 1,700 more under construction
  • 2,200 condominium units and almost 500 single-family homes
  • Seven hotels with 554 rooms
  • 65 percent of Uptown’s residents are under 35 years old

Residential Tower, Bleu Ciel is Dallas’ Architectural Icon

Haute Living

By Deve Sanford

The Bleu Ciel sky-rise, designed by Paris-based architect, Jean-Michel Wilmotte has become the architectural gem of the Dallas skyline and one of the most iconic residential towers in the country.

Recognized for his artistic, avant-garde approach to architectural design, Wilmotte’s application of luxurious, unique materials and detailing is seen throughout the elegant 33-story tower. His design firm,  Wilmotte & Associés SA has a major presence in well-known art museums, retail, office, corporate headquarters, high-end residential buildings, and luxury hotels around the world. Some of his projects include the Ferrari Sporting Management Center, Maranello-Fiorano; La Réserve Hotel, Ramatuelle; LVMH’s headquarters, Paris; Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Paris; and Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

The modern and elegant tower dazzles with floor-to-ceiling glass, soaring vistas, airy open-style interiors and sweeping terraces.

Among its many amenities, the residential tower features a spa conceptualized by the award-winning Be a Dragonfly Spa Group recently named by Condé Nast as “The Top 25 Spas in the World.”  Its exclusive concept offers a calming and peaceful destination for revitalization in the middle of a growing and bustling city. Residents have the unique opportunity to have a vacation within their reach.


As one of its latest ventures, developer Harwood International, has successfully created a progressive space in the heart of Uptown, one of Dallas’ fastest growing neighborhoods. The 18-city block district of HARWOOD purposefully immerses residents in a cultural environment rich with all the best the city has to offer, and at its focal point lies, the stunning Bleu Ciel.


Sweeping Terraces and Vistas

Condé Nast Inspired Spa

Resort Living

Designer Finishes

Urban Gardens

HARWOOD’s “Walk of Life”, Entertainment Venues and Museums

European Marketplace

Private Garages and Valet

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