hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back to budapest
image © daniel domolky
all images courtesy of hello wood

 

 

following last year’s toboggan tree, hungarian studio hello wood in collaboration with design terminal and the hungarian interchurch aid unveils the ‘christmas tree without the glitter’ out of 5,000 sectional cuts of firewood logs. the tree is located in one of budapest’s central squares, standing 11 meters high and 4.5 meters wide, and weighs 150 quintals (15,000 kg). this year’s tree focuses on the act of caring for one another, as such it will be dismantled piece by piece after the twelfth day of display and will be donated to families in need to share the gift of warmth for the holiday season. the stacking of the timber sectional cuts creates an artistic wooden facade lit by peripheral spot lights that blanket the tree in a colorful sheen. the inside contains a more private sacred-like space offering a small contemplative escape from the urban city life. the project was executed over a period of 5 days working around the clock with the help of skilled carpenters.


construction timelapse
video © hello wood

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
image © daniel domolky

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
image © daniel domolky

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
image © daniel domolky

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
tree is illuminated with different colors, exposing an almost scaly
image © daniel domolky

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
image © daniel domolky

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
aerial view showing context
image © daniel domolky

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
image © daniel domolky

 

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
a wood framed sub-structure creates a teepee-like structure that will support the sectional pieces
image © miklos vargha

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
image © miklos vargha

 

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
image © miklos vargha

 

 

hello wood re-imagines a christmas tree that gives back
facade detail
image © miklos vargha

 

 

 

drawings

 

 

project info:

 

 

photo: daniel domolky, miklos vargha
idea and realization: hello wood kft
co-operating designers: kristóf pataricza , albert lencsés /hw
drawings: benjamin szilágyi /hw
statics: gábor csefalvai /tetra-plan kft.
light planner: tamás király /philips magyarország kft.
production: mihály hajdu /fagusz faipari kft.
highscale techniques: ferenc éliás /masztodon kft