Ten imaginative and unusual Christmas trees

To celebrate the holiday season, we’ve selected 10 creative Christmas tree designs from the Dezeen archive, including a tree trapped in a giant ice cube and an upside-down tree.

The synopsis also includes a tree hanging upside down from the ceiling and an exhibition in a country house with unconventional Christmas tree designs.

Read on for imaginative and unusual interpretations of Christmas trees:

Upside Down Christmas Tree, UK, by Shirazeh Houshiary

Artist Shirazeh Houshiary designed this inverted Christmas tree for London’s Tate Britain in 2016, which hung from the ceiling of the gallery’s Millbank building.

Houshiary covered the roots in gold leaf to highlight a portion of the pine tree that is normally hidden while embracing the natural texture, color, shape and scent of the rest of the tree.

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Nendo Christmas tree with moveable panels
Photo by Takumi Ota

Tokyo Midtown Christmas Tree, Japan, from Nendo

Designed by Japanese design studio Nendo, this Christmas tree, installed at Tokyo Midtown mall this year, features star-shaped cutouts that flutter in a rhythmic pattern.

The white tree is 7.5 meters high and has a polyhedral surface made of flat metal plates. A total of 416 compact fans sit behind the panels that are programmed to move the cutouts and tree down.

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Frozen Christmas tree by Alex Chinneck in Kings Cross
Photo by Iwona Pinkowicz

Frozen Christmas Tree, UK, by Alex Chinneck

In 2016, British artist Alex Chinneck seemingly frozen a Christmas tree in a giant ice cube for this installation at King’s Cross in London.

Chinneck used a two-ton block of resin to border the five-meter-tall Christmas tree and added a surrounding puddle of wax to give the appearance of melting ice.

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Photo by Allan Toft

Alternative Christmas Tree Sculpture, Denmark, by SOM

Instead of a traditional Christmas tree, the American architecture firm SOM designed a trellis pavilion in the inner courtyard of the Utzon Center in Denmark.

At the base of the structure, openings referencing the pyramidal shape of trees guided visitors into the center of the sculpture.

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Christmas tree with white ribbon at the Harewood House exhibition
Photo by Tom Arber

Long Live the Christmas Tree, UK, by multiple designers

This Christmas season, an exhibition of unconventional Christmas trees called Long Live the Christmas Tree was presented at historic Harewood House in West Yorkshire.

The cottage featured 11 designs by artists, designers and craftspeople related to the property, including this unfurling paper spiral tree by paper artist Andy Singleton.

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Yinka Ilori Christmas tree installation at the Sanderson London Hotel

Sanderson Hotel Christmas Tree, UK, by Yinka Ilori

British designer Yinka Ilori created this abstract Christmas tree for the lobby of Hotel Sanderson in London, which is illuminated from within the wooden slat structure.

Its geometric shape has also been designed to resemble a stack of gifts, with five different colored shapes layered on top of each other.

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Yabu Pushelberg Christmas tree

Upper House Hotel Christmas Tree, Hong Kong, by Lasvit and Yabu Pushelberg

Hand-blown, elongated glass lights and champagne-gold polished brass fittings make up this tree-shaped installation by Czech glass brand Lasvit and design firm Yabu Pushelberg.

In the lobby of the Upper House Hotel in Hong Kong, the glass elements were arranged in a diamond pattern and decorated with delicate hand-etched grooves.

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Electric Nemeton Christmas tree installation by Sam Jacob Studio
Photo by Jim Stephenson

Electric Nemeton, UK, by Sam Jacob Studio

Architectural firm Sam Jacob Studio aimed to create a futuristic interpretation of Christmas trees when they designed Electric Nemeton, an exhibition in Granary Square in London’s King’s Cross made up of raised obelisks.

The cluster of green pyramids, built four meters above the ground on steel “stems,” was designed to mimic a forest of trees and was illuminated at night.

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Tree of Glass installation by Lee Broom
Photo by David Clevand

Tree of Glass, UK, by Lee Broom

British designer Lee Broom, exhibited at The Shard in 2017, was inspired by the skyscraper’s three-storey atrium when designing the Tree of Glass installation.

Broom worked with glassware brand Nude to create the tree, which consisted of 245 individual hand-blown glass pendant lights.

After the Christmas celebrations, the glass tree was disassembled and sold as individual lighting products, with the proceeds being donated to the British Red Cross.

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Temenos glows multicolored

Temenos, UK, by Liliane Lijn

Temenos, also on display in Granary Square, King’s Cross, was an 11.3m high abstract structure made of multicolored glowing neon poles designed by American artist Liliane Lijn.

The 19 poles of different lengths were arranged in a conical shape with an opening that allowed visitors to walk into Tenemos and be surrounded by the neon light strips.

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