Seeing a Tree as a Prerequisite to Timber Architecture

  • Rizal MusliminEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 24)


This chapter discusses the way in which a tree’s geometry is visually perceived and constrained in architectural design. The discussion is centered at the intersection of visual perception and geometry to explore the design opportunities in a tree’s complex geometry. The first part outlines the representational framework and the role of visual perception in seeing tree geometry. The second part repositions timber architecture typologies using the framework discussed in the first part. The third part illustrates alternative approaches for embedding tree geometry in timber designs. This representational platform aligns well with the emerging movement on organic timber architecture and is timely due to the recent advancements in timber manufacturing and technology.


Tree Visual perception Embedding Wood and geometry Computational design 



The tree images in Figs. 311 are based on a model provided by Xfrog (Xfrog 2010), a courtesy of


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture, Design and PlanningThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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