When Buildings and Trees Collide: A Fascinating Look at Nature’s Persistence

A Battle Between Nature and Architecture: Buildings Overgrown with Trees

In many parts of the world, abandoned buildings have become a canvas for nature to create its own masterpiece. Trees, vines, and other plants have taken over these once-man made structures, turning them into a wonder to behold.

The natural world slowly begins to take over. Trees grow up around the sides of the structure or even start to grow inside of it. These buildings become unexpected works of art and show us the power of nature.

Here are some examples of buildings that have been taken over by trees.

Ta Prohm, 1999 (Trivia: roots from a silk-cotton tree) in Ankor Wat, Cambodia

There are many reasons why these buildings become abandoned. Some were left behind due to natural disasters, while others were simply not profitable. Nevertheless, it is amazing to see how nature has reclaimed these buildings over time.

Old forgotten house taken over by a tree!
Tree growing into abandoned house.

But why do we find these overgrown buildings so fascinating? Perhaps it’s the idea of nature reclaiming what was once taken from it. Or maybe it’s the eerie beauty of seeing something so man-made being slowly overtaken by something so natural.

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Either way, it’s clear that nature always wins in the end. These abandoned buildings remind us that no matter how much we try to control our environment, nature will always find a way to exist and thrive.

Tower at the Bakong temple with trees growing out of the roof, in the Roluos Group, west of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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In fact, it’s estimated that over 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, leaving less and less space for nature to grow. But seeing these buildings taken over by trees is a reminder of the importance of preserving green spaces and allowing nature to coexist with us.

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As impressive as these structures may be, it’s important to remember that they are often dangerous and should not be explored. It’s best to appreciate them from a safe distance and let nature continue its beautiful work.

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