A church made of live trees

For years, New Zealander Barry Cox traveled the world, admiring different types of church architecture. When he returned to his country, he decided to build his own church, but with a nuance that makes it unique: it incorporates living trees.

Barry used five different species of trees and a specialized machine to transplant large plants to put them in the right place. The result was a place of worship that breathes – literally.

Among the different species used, highlight the alders, responsible for the canopy of the roof, and the leptospernum for the walls. Camellias, borders or tuias were also used.

With capacity for 100 faithful, the church is, by itself, enough to call visitors. But there are several other attractions on the site, starting with the surrounding plants and trees and even a labyrinth for the bravest.

 

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