Yellow Treehouse Restaurant / Pacific Environments Architects: Pacific Environments / Peter Eising & Lucy Gauntlett Location: Auckland, New Zealand Project Managers: The Building Intelligence Group – Gareth Skirrow, Blair Wolfgram, Joe Holden Engineers: Holmes Consulting – Chris MacKenzie & John Worth, Martin Feeney – Holmes Fire Building Contractors: NZ Strong – Shane Brealey, Paddy Molloy, Megan Roberts; Citywide Construction Ltd – Jim Bellamy Timber Fins: McIntosh Timber Laminates – Owen Griffiths, Sandy Sandiford Lighting: ECC Lighting & Furniture – Renee Kelly Project year: 2008-2009 Photographs: Lucy Gauntlett It’s not often that a commission to design a treehouse is offered, so when Colenso BBDO – on behalf of Yellow Pages briefed Pacific Environments Architects for a ‘reality’ TV advert for an off-the-wall functioning restaurant, Pacific Environments jumped at the opportunity. Architectural Concept The concept is driven by the ‘enchanted’ site which is raised above an open meadow and meandering stream on the edge of the woods.
Tree hotel / Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter An interesting concept for a camouflaged hotel on a tree by Swedish architects Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter: The concept is to create a shelter up in the trees, a lightweight aluminum structure hung around a tree trunk, boxes clad in mirrored glass, 4x4x4 meters. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The functions provides a living for two people, a double bed, a small kitchen and bathroom, a living room and roof terrace. To prevent birds fly into the windows, transparent stickers, visible for birds, will be added to the facades.
Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects Location: Kumamoto, Japan Project Team: Hiroshi Kato Structural Consultant: Jun Sato Structural Engineers Lighting: Hirohito Totsune Contractor: Tanakagumi Construction Design Year: 2005-2006 Construction Year: 2007-2008 Site Area: 89,3 sqmConstructed Area: 15,13 sqmPhotographer: Iwan Baan I thought of making an ultimate wooden architecture. It was conceived by just mindlessly stacking 350mm square. Lumber is extremely versatile. In an ordinary wooden architecture, lumber is effectively differentiated according to functions in various localities precisely because it is so versatile. There are no separations of floor, wall, and ceiling here. This bungalow no longer fits the category of wooden architecture.
Baumraum Treehouses Some of us think that our far off ancestors lived in the trees — and during our childhood, when our thoughts and memories are most pure, we yearn to climb trees growing in our gardens, in our parks, in our cities. As we get older, the urge to climb trees subsides as we ride elevators up to our offices in the sky and look out across the cities where we live. Yet occasionally, as we’re sealed up tight in our artificially climatic spaces, we long for a breath of fresh air. At a German company called baumraum an architect, a landscape architect, an arbologist, and a craftsman design modern, natural and solidly constructed treehouses. baumraum offers a range of wood-types as well as options for insulated walls. Sound like something you’ve been wanting?
Bienvenue - La Cabane de Lyon Inhabitat » T-Tree: A Towering Community of Prefab Pixel Homes Appearing as a cross between a Tokyo capsule hotel and a pixellated prefab treehouse, the T-Tree housing community offers residents the opportunity to live among the clouds. One of 20 incredible finalists in our ReBurbia competition to save the suburbs, the sustainable community was designed by Adil Azhiyev and Ivan Kudryavtsev of Light+Space to help alleviate the problems of suburban sprawl with a site-sensitive vertical structure composed of two design elements — a central core containing an elevator and stars, and a lofted series of prefab housing modules. Like the trunk of a tree the core serves as the base, while the housing modules are stacked one on top of the other to create a tower of alternating cubes and activated space. Although prefab residential skyscrapers such as this has been explored in the past, the design of the T-Tree is thoroughly dynamic, modern, and convenient. + T-Tree + ReBurbia Competition
Inhabitat » TREETOP OFFICE: Eat Your Heart Out, Cubicle Warrior One look at this office nestled amid the treetops and you might contemplate how to change your life in order to have a workspace with such an incredible view. Peter Frazier, a customer experience consultant, decided after years of working at an office and gaining over 50 pounds that he needed to make a change in his life – so he built this incredible office in the woods. Set amongst the trees above Chuckanut Bay in Bellingham, Washington, his lofted cube serves as a workspace and guest room, and it has a green roof on top too. The gorgeous office sits below the main house and is nestled into the trees to blend in to its environs. Frazier knows for certain that his home office helps him lead a healthier lifestyle. + Peter Frazier’s Flickr Stream Via Lifehacker
Inhabitat » Vegetal City: Idealistic Visions of Our Urban Future Ever wonder what our modern-day cities could look like 100 years from now in a perfect world? Architect Luc Schuiten endeavors to find out with his Vegetal City installation, currently on display in Brussels. The entrance, made up of an archway with branches covered in blinking yellow lights, leads the exhibit’s visitors into a magical world of architectural drawings and models of cities where city residents live peacefully with nature. According to the 65 year-old architect, “You cannot feel good in light of all the environmental pollution and the grim perspectives for the future.” Among the cities of the future on display are the Lotus City, the Woven City, the Treehouse City, and the City of the Waves. Schuiten’s designs are fantastical, sure, but they offer an inspiring vision of what cities in harmony with their surroundings might look like. +Vegetal City Via Deutche Welle
Inhabitat » Ladonia: A Micronation Made of Driftwood and Nails Looking for a change of scenery? Consider moving to Ladonia, a micronation made up of driftwood, nails, and nine-story wooden “fortresses” located in the southwest corner of Sweden. Designed by Lars Vilks, the mock nation consists of two works of art: Nimis, a maze of 70 tons of driftwood and nails, and Arx, a stone and concrete sculpture that looks like a melting sandcastle. Vilks has managed to dodge government interference with the project by selling Nimis to Cristo, another artist, and by declaring Ladonia to be an independent nation in 1996. The satirical nature of the Ladonia project didn’t stop 3,000 Pakistanis from applying for immigrant status, only to find out that Ladonia is not, in fact, an inhabitable country. + Ladonia Via Atlas Obscura
Inhabitat » ‘Landscape Apertura’ Treehouse Frames Nature Exquisi Robert McLaughlin’s ‘Landscape Apertura‘ treehouse near Kansas City, offers calculated views into nature via six strategically placed, vibrant green frames. Each frame is designed to capture a specific outlook, which enables one to appreciate and focus on a small perspective of the expansive great outdoors. As thoughtfully crafted as its outward gazes, Landscape Apertura is constructed in a Lincoln-log fashion with 90% recycled wood sourced from surrounding deconstructed houses through Habitat For Humanity ReStore. Inhabitat » Coco Hut: An Outdoor Shed Made of Scrap Wood What do you do if you love treehouses like us, but don’t have a tree to build on? Netherlands-based designer Gert Eussen may have a solution with his Coco-Hut, a cozy and round hut made of scrap and FSC-certified wood. With an element of whimsy, the structure looks a little bit like a beehive with a linear version of the honeycomb texture. The Coco-Hut is also unmistakably cute with its round shape and humble staircase leading inside. In conceptualizing the hut, Eussen set out to use scrap wood in a creative and replicable way. Eussen hopes his building methods here will be applicable to other larger construction projects. + Gert Eussen
Inhabitat » Japanese Treetop Tea House is “Built Too High” The Japanese certainly have a penchant for out-of-this-world tree-top architecture, and this incredible Takasugi-an tea house is no exception. Designed by architect Terunobu Fujimori, the tree-bound tea house stands precariously perched upon the trunks of two timbers erected on a plot of family land in Chino, Nagano Prefecture. In Japan, tea masters have traditionally maintained total control over their construction of their tea houses. Their main concern for these “enclosures” was simplicity, and in order to keep things simple, tea masters preferred not to involve architects or craftsman to help them with the construction. Building upon this tradition, Fujimori’s tea house is quite small and compact, and can accommodate four and a half tatami mats (29 sq ft). The architect describes the small building as though “it were an extension of one’s body, like a piece of clothing.” The interior of the tea house is constructed from simple materials such as plaster and bamboo. Via Dezeen
Inhabitat » GREEN WEEKEND GETAWAY: Linda Aldredge’s Treehouse If you head north from New York City and hang a left on Route 28 up near Woodstock you’ll find yourself on a very scenic drive through Catskill State Park. Verdant hills dotted with lakes and ponds seem to roll on forever in between the forested mountain tops. It is here, up in the trees, that Linda Aldredge, the owner of LuLu Organics, built her weekend getaway. We came across Linda’s blog about her experience in the woods via a profile of her friends on The Selby. How did you come upon the idea of building a treehouse? The idea was actually my friend Su Barber’s. I was also really inspired by the Handmade Houses books published in the 70′s. What were the requirements/ restraints of the plan? Money was the biggest restraint, my original budget was $12k and for the most part we stuck to that. This is a house I simply can’t afford to keep up. Our other restraint was the location. As for other requirements I suppose I had dozens. When did you build the house? The summer of 2006. Yes! Yes.
Inhabitat » Raindrop Shaped Treetents by Dré Wapenaar Sylvan housing reaches new heights with these wonderful dewdrop shaped Treetents by Dutch sculptor and designer Dré Wapenaar. Originally designed to ease the lives of tree-sitting activists, they also make excellent treetop retreats for campers, kids, and anyone soothed by an evening spent softly swaying among the branches. Each beautifully formed droplet attaches directly to a tree trunk and is roomy enough to sleep a family of four. According to Dré Wapenaar, “The story of my tents as they relate to campsites, however, started with the Treetents which were originally designed for the Road Alert Group in England. Wapenaar’s treehouse tents are composed of a steel frame wrapped in canvas and measure thirteen feet tall with a 9 foot diameter. If you’re interested in spending an evening amid the evergreens, several Treetents are available for rent 5 months out of the year at the Hertshoorn campground in the Netherlands. + Dré Wapenaar