WholeTrees March/April 2020 Update

Design *National Gateway Renderings By Landworks Studio Jewish Community Center – Fredonia, Wisconsin: The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee, collaborating with Manske•Dieckmann•Thompson, has asked WholeTrees to envision a magical amphitheater pavilion for their upcoming stage at the Rainbow Day Camp.  This 3D rendering of the WholeTrees truss system with round timber trusses and columns shows our vision …

WholeTrees January/February 2020 Update

Design East Maine Learning Center: Architects used WholeTrees’ 3D scanned inventory, imported from our beta platform, to show the precise trees that they would like to use in the space. This type of visual design and selection process allows our clients to search our inventory, select exactly the tree they would like and import it into Revit drawings of the finished …

WholeTrees November/December 2019 Update

Design East Maine Learning Center: Architects used WholeTrees 3d scanned inventory, imported from our beta platform, to show the precise tree that they would like to use in the space.  This type of visual design and selection process allows our clients to search our inventory, select exactly the tree they would like and import it into Revit drawings of the finished space.  …

WholeTrees September/October 2019 Update

Design Minnesota Zoo Tiger Lair: Drawing inspiration from a previous WholeTrees arboretum, we are once again teaming with the Architects at Damon Farber to create this shelter for tiger viewing at MN Zoo.  It will incorporate a cantilever roof, large branching columns, and steel guy wires to give it a modern and industrial, yet natural look.  This will definitely be a favorite spot. Design: Damon Farber …

WholeTrees July/August 2019 Update

Design Pokagon Moon Pavilion: By using 3D scans displayed in AutoCAD, we can verify that structural components, like these curved branches, will correctly connect to their bases and other connections. Here, these curved members rest on concrete footings and connect to a supporting circular glulam beam. Architect: Seven Generations A+EGC: CSM GroupEngineer: Engineering Ventures Hitchcock Nature Center: We travelled to Iowa to take 3D scans …

WholeTrees May/June 2019 Update

Design Pokagon Tribal Courts / Peacemaking Center: Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering was commissioned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi to design a cutting-edge native justice center to serve the Pokagon Band tribal members. Native justice is focused on healing the individual and healing the community as a whole. The Pokagon Band is developing an initiative to restore the spirit and …

WholeTrees April/May 2019 Update

Design Pokagon Sun & Moon Pavilion One great feature of building with trees is nature has already made some incredible designs for us to use. To get the right structural curved members for this pavilion, we used our laser scanner to create 3D models of naturally bent trees.  Seven Generations A+E architects have now placed our 3D models of the …

WholeTrees March 2019 Update

Design At WholeTrees, we innovate and we iterate. We develop new ways to do the unique work that we love doing and then we revisit, revise, and refine our designs. Columbus Zoo: We recently updated our elephant shade design – both its aesthetic and structure. The first version, which you can find installed at Maryland Zoo, features a round timber …

Bringing the Outdoors Inside

Health, Wellness and Trees in Interior Design For thousands of years, humans evolved to live and work outdoors. Our hunter-gatherer instincts evolved to function within the natural environment, but the demands of contemporary life have now brought most activities indoors. Economic constraints and the desire for environmental control have led to a tendency towards spartan uniformity in most building designs, …

Women in the Built Environment

My grandmother, Ricky Trowbridge, was a housewife, a mother of four Baby Boomers and an artist. She designed the layout of her Georgian Revival home on the Chesapeake Bay and collaborated with the builder to see her vision realized. I played and came of age in those corridors with the Bay views and the play of light she foresaw in her designs.Yet …