Architecture has a rich history of unapologetically demanding massive amounts of land to create man's vision over nature's. However, a more conscientious and natural approach to architecture has emerged to quell our territorial imperialism over mother nature. It's about time.

By being inclusive of the natural environment around them, some architects are pursing a more symbiotic relationship with nature—by incorporating trees, hills, and rivers into their projects rather than destroying them.

These eight projects were designed to respect—and even celebrate—the landscape around them. A private residence in the Hollywood Hills, for instance, incorporated its neighboring tree only at the behest of a client who couldn't stand the thought of the 65-foot sycamore tree being demolished for extra square footage. Instead, it was incorporated into the bedroom, creating an unlikely, surreal space. Take a look, below.

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4Treehouse, Lukasz Kos, Ontario, Canada

Images: BoredPanda; Ignant.


Wooden Bungalow, Ghezzi Novak, Lima, Peru

Images: DesignBoom.

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Private Retreat, Aibek Almasov, 14 miles outside Almaty, Kazazhstan

Images: Co.Exist.


Private Hollywood Hills Residence, Mike Jacobs and Aaron Neubert, Los Angeles, California

Images: New York Times.


The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, Peter Eising and Lucy Gauntlett, Auckland, New Zealand

Images: Contemporist.


Casa Corallo, Paz Arquitectura, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Images: DesignMilk.


Private West Virginia Residence, Travis Price, West Virginia, USA

Images: Houzz, Kenneth M Wyner Photography.


Private Residence, Martin Fernandez de Lema and Nicolas F. Moreno Deutsch, Mar Azul, Argentina

Images: Gardenista, TreeHugger.