Hello Wood builds Budapest Christmas tree from 5000 pieces of firewood

Hungarian architecture studio Hello Wood has created an 11-metre-high Christmas tree for a square in central Budapest from 15,000 kilograms of wooden logs (+ movie).

Charity Christmas tree by Hello-Wood

Hello Wood’s brief was to create a Christmas tree for the Budapest community. Their response, the Charity Tree, has a conical timber frame with sawn logs stacked perpendicular to its surface.

At the top, the wood lengths get longer and protrude out further to form a pinnacle crowned with a metal star.

Charity Christmas tree by Hello Wood

A scattering of the circular sections are painted white to reference the ornaments that usually hang from the branches of traditional fir Christmas trees.

Charity Christmas tree by Hello-Wood

The structure was built and filled in over five 24-hour working days. After dark, it is illuminated using special lighting effects designed by Philips Hungary.

Charity Christmas tree by Hello-Wood

A doorway in the back allows members of the public to climb inside the tree and make use of seats formed from more logs, which are positioned around the edge.

Charity Christmas tree by Hello-Wood

“Inside the tree there is a chapel-like sacred inner space, where everybody can find some silence to contemplate in the middle of the buzzing city,” said the designers.

Charity Christmas tree by Hello-Wood

“The Charity Tree belongs to the people of Budapest until Epiphany. It can be visited during day and night.”

Charity Christmas tree by Hello-Wood

When the tree is dismantled on the Twelfth Night after Christmas – the date decorations are traditionally taken down – the firewood will be given to families in need.

Charity Christmas tree by Hello Wood

“The installation represents the importance of the community and social awareness: not only because people traditionally gather around Christmas trees to celebrate together, but also because at Christmas, it is particularly important to think of the thousands of Hungarian families who have daily problems with heating during wintertime,” said the designers.

Charity Christmas tree by Hello Wood


Hello Wood worked in collaboration with Design Terminal – the Hungarian state agency responsible for the stimulation of the creative industries – and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid.

Charity Christmas tree by Hello Wood

The installation follows a similar project in 2013, when the architects built a Christmas tree made from 365 wooden sledges that were given to a local children’s charity following the festive period.

Charity Christmas tree by Hello Wood

“The role of architecture has changed a lot in the last few years. After the [economic] crisis it has become more important to create works which are for everybody, not only the exclusive one per cent of the population,” said a spokesperson for the studio, which runs an international art camp every summer.

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Up5 chair by Gaetano Pesce

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First designed in 1969, Gaetano Pesce’s Up furniture series is made from expanded polyurethane foam and upholstered in elastic synthetic jersey.

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As the products are mostly air, they can be transported vacuum-packed flat at 10 per cent of their final size. Once removed from the packaging, the spongy material fills with air and inflates without the need for a mechanical device.

The chair was delivered using this method during its first production period – from 1970 until 1973 – by furniture brand C&B Italia. The brand has since changed its name to B&B Italia and re-released the design in 2000.

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