“Anti-architect” David Greenberg

20 Oct

Sanya on Hainan Island

Treetop resort in Hainan

“David Greenberg is trying to introduce ideas based on Zen Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese geomancy or feng shui in his projects here.” (China Daily – BEIJING, Sep. 12, 2009)

An example of Greenberg’s back-to-nature architectural concept is the ecotourist Treehouse resort at Nanshan Buddhist Culture Zone, Sanya, Hainan province. (above image)

Big Beach in the Sky

Zen philosophy holds that the attempted control of nature by humans is meaningless. Guided by that principle, Greenberg’s vision of tree houses harmonizes with the natural landscape.

Big Beach in the Sky


GuanYin Interior (top)
Hawaiian Hale Interior (bottom)

The Hale Hawaiian Treehouse Hotel and Restaurant in China

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work. De Stijl expanded the ideas that could be expressed by using basic elements such as lines and planes organized in very particular manners.

GuanYin Spa Treehouse

David Greenberg is an Ecological Designer and Advisor to the INBAR Global Bamboo Housing Programme (International Network of Bamboo and Rattan in Beijing, China). Architectural and Urban Designer, Consultant for development projects in Southern China. President of Treehouses of Hawaii, Inc.

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