A 100-seat church built by Barry Cox from living trees in New Zealand

Located in the same island country where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed, a structure that, like the houses secured by the hobbits hills, seems to hide in its natural environment. The tree church is formed almost entirely of living trees with thick leaves covering its shady interior. The New Zealand church can accommodate a hundred people and was planted by Barry Cox on his home near Cambridge from 2011.

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The original inspiration of the structure was a way for Cox to “withdraw from society”. However, after others have become acquainted with his living church over the last 4 years, he has decided to open it and the surrounding gardens to the public and for private events. The tree church is now located in three acres of extensive shady gardens, including a labyrinth walk that is located on the ancient city of Jericho from 460 BC.

An iron frame is at the heart of the church, because Cox wanted the walls and roof of the natural building to be distinctly different, “just like the masonry churches,” he said. Alder was chosen for the roof because it is flexible enough to be attached to the frame that will be removed when the branches become strong enough to support the church itself. (via Faith is Torment, Inhabitat)

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