Trees and Pollan

The Tree Museum opened recently, just outside Zurich in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. The Museum was designed and built by Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea, on the site of a 14th century monastery. Over 2000 species of trees from Enea’s personal collection have been assembled.

It reminds me of the apple archive and tulip museum featured in The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan.

Pollan is a hero of mine and I am hanging out to read A Place of My Own: the architecture of daydreams:

“A room of one’s own: is there anybody who hasn’t at one time or another wished for such a place, hasn’t turned those soft words over until they’d assumed a habitable shape?”

When writer Michael Pollan decided to plant a garden, the result was an award-winning treatise on the borders between nature and contemporary life, the acclaimed bestseller Second Nature. Now Pollan turns his sharp insight to the craft of building, as he recounts the process of designing and constructing a small one-room structure on his rural Connecticut property—a place in which he hoped to read, write and daydream, built with his two own unhandy hands.

Invoking the titans of architecture, literature and philosophy, from Vitrivius to Thoreau, from the Chinese masters of feng shui to the revolutionary Frank Lloyd Wright, Pollan brilliantly chronicles a realm of blueprints, joints and trusses as he peers into the ephemeral nature of “houseness” itself. From the spark of an idea to the search for a perfect site to the raising of a ridgepole, Pollan revels in the infinitely detailed, complex process of creating a finished structure. At once superbly written, informative and enormously entertaining, A Place of My Own is for anyone who has ever wondered how the walls around us take shape—and how we might shape them ourselves.

-text & image care of the Michael Pollan website.

Birthday present, please. HF.

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