As one of 22 finalists of 336 submitted projects for the European Competition of Architecture, Design, Realisations in Eco and Agro-Materials, BOARD’s awarded entry entitled “ATREE?” has been exhibited in the Chantilly Castle in France.

Imagine a project that does not need to be constructed, because – being a tree – it grows by itself. Such a project only needs to be planted. The only materials to be transported are the seeds for planting. And the only energy spent is to prevent hastiness and impetuousness as such a project needs a lot of time and patience to grow. But this proposed project is not only a tree. It is a living installation that is made out of several trees. It can be used for pleasure, relaxation or as an exhibition space. Once the seeds have been planted, the installation takes around thirty months to grow into its final form. The tree used for the installation is a fast growing willow. To weave the willow into different shapes for different living installation, the bioplastic Polyamide 11, made of castor plant vegetal oil, can be used as a mold. By using differently shaped molds, all kind of different patterns can be produced.