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Branching out - A/LTA Architects' Basketball Tree is a real winner

Posted by Catherine Gaffney,

What did the tree say when it looked in the mirror? “Geometry!” (“Gee, I’m a tree!” Geddit?) That is my all-time favourite joke – I saw it in a Zig & Zag annual in the mid 1990s and it’s been firmly rooted in my repertoire ever since.

Anyway! French architecture firm a/LTA occasionally branches out from their building design projects, and in this case have cultivated a playful hybrid that combines a tree’s appearance with functional geometric planes and apertures. In short, a series of basketball hoops arranged at varying heights and projecting in different directions from a tree-like structure.

It’s designed to accommodate basketball-players of all shapes and sizes, and sets a pleasant form against the sparse concrete backdrop of the court. Perhaps city planning authorities everywhere should take a leaf out of their book…

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Posted by Catherine Gaffney

Catherine joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Trinity College Dublin and Central Saint Martins. She wrote for the site between June and August 2012.