This greenhouse in West Bend, WI was built from local poles and straw, partly during workshops. Branching “kingpost” columns support a central beam, reducing the structural load on the south-facing window rafters. This lets in more light than you would find in truss-framed structures. Total area: 16’ x 36’ = 576 sq. ft.
WholeTrees partnered with WDM Architects and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for the Rosebrough Tiger Passage, a new habitat for the zoo’s two Amur tigers. Branched black locust members create a pleasing biophilic environment for humans and tigers alike.
Unprecedented in scale and technical sophistication, The engineered round timber structure of Madison’s Festival Foods grocery store is also both repurposed and homegrown. The 57,000 sf structure includes almost 40 tons of urban ash trees that were harvested during the City of Madison’s ongoing campaign against the invasive Emerald Ash Borer.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield has continued its tradition of avant-garde support for the arts by commissioning a major facility expansion in partnership with WholeTrees. An Audience Canopy, Bandshell, and Reception Canopy, are being planned as additions to the existing main building, which features heavy timber in its own structure.
Oski-Ombendaam, meaning “New Hope” in the Ojibwe language, is a supportive housing facility serving members of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. WholeTrees supplied round timber trusses,columns, and an exterior porte-cochere and carport design for the residential project.
Originally built in 2013, the round timber playscape was moved from its previous location in the Myrick Hixon Ecopark after eighteen months. The project’s Black Locust trees were primarily sourced from Goose Island in La Crosse, less than 30 miles from Camp Decorah and only nine miles from the Ecopark. Today, the playscape continues to support adventurers both big and small – as well as a fully operational zipline!
WholeTrees contributed several decorative trees for a reception area and children’s play room at the renovated YWCA (now WiNGS) building in Dallas, TX. The award-winning design by interior architecture firm lauckgroup envisions a space that is not only welcoming, but playful yet peaceful.
This outdoor classroom at Madison’s Wingra School is constructed from WholeTrees. Its black locust branched timbers pose an organic contrast to the main building’s stately brick construction, while providing a welcoming environment for learning alongside nature.
Architect: Hirsch Group LLC
Installer: Supreme Structures