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Terrific Treehouses: 10 Brilliant Topiary Masterpieces

Terrific Treehouses: 10 Brilliant Topiary Masterpieces It’s inescapable– the urge to walk away from our civilized lives and find peace in nature. For every cubicle and cookie cutter suburb, there’s a man or a woman who desires for an escape to our natural roots. 02 Sustainability Treehouse Looking to elevate your living a bit? 02 Sustainability Treehouse Gallery 4TREEHOUSE by Lukasz Kos The 4TREEHOUSE treetop dwelling by Lukasz Kos is as much modern as it is natural. 4TREEHOUSE by Lukasz Kos Gallery Peter Frazier’s Treetop Office If you really want to escape the rat race, here is the office for you. Peter Frazier’s Treetop Office Gallery Baumraum Treehouses When it comes to modern treehouses, there is no name more respected than Baumraum. Baumraum Treehouse Gallery Harad’s Reflective Tree Hotel Looking to take a relaxing vacation in the woods… and not be spotted by a soul? Harad’s Reflective Tree Hotel Gallery Growing Tree Architecture Growing Tree Architecture Gallery Alnwick Gardens Treehouse

Treehouse Living: Finca Bellavista, Costa Rica Treehouse Living: Finca Bellavista, Costa Rica Not far off the Pacific coast in the Costa Rican jungle, a community has taken to the trees to craft a new, sustainable life off the grid and away from urbanity. Finca Bellavista is a community of long-term residents and travel guests housed in a network of tree houses built right into the rain forest canopy. Perched above the forest floor, these tree houses are connected by zip lines and sky bridges, accessible by stairs and ladders from the ground level. It’s the Swiss Family Robinson come alive, created by a duo of dreamers who had enough of on-grid living in the United States. Founders Matthew and Erica Hogan created Finca Bellavista not as their own private escape, but as an evolving community that is continuing to attract traveling guests and established residents alike. That’s not to say that modern touches aren’t available at Finca Bellavista. The nature around Finca Bellavista is the central focus of community life.

The Treehouse That Your Dad Didn't Build For You My fascination for the tree house may have stemmed from the fact that like many other children I grew up with NO tree house, though I'm sure all the children who have grown up with a tree house have a fascination towards the tree house because they had grown up with one. There's just no escaping it! The tree house is cool. On my little pictorial web research for the most fantastic tree homes around the world this is what I found, by the end of this post you're going to want to build an actual tree house for yourself, I'm sure of it! A humble abode: On the main street: Building it up: A tree HOUSE: Modernizing it:

20 Tree House Pictures: Play-Club Plans to Big-Kid Houses « Dornob Treehouses are more popular than ever, as play spaces for children but also as luxury hotel (and even house) designs for adults. Some of the most fantastic plans and ideas can be traced to specialist designers and builders – and pictures of their work can provide some of the best inspiration (as well as an informal visual guide) for do-it-yourself recreational, residential and commercial tree buildings. Blue Forest is one such company, but far from the only one. The trick is to find a balance between safe and fun – railings are a must, as are sturdy supports, but whimsy and asymmetry help make these places feel more organic and engaging for younger visitors in particular. Some take on the character of a playground, with ropes, ladders and low elevations – or are more like the traditional club-house spaces we associated with ‘tree houses’ from our childhood. Some are like mansions, fortresses or castles – just set up on stilts instead of sitting on the ground.

Fantasy Forest Tree House 8:57pm | Aug 21st, 2010 If this looks large to you, imagine how big it would seem to someone half your size or smaller. Like some childrens picture-book come to life, this ‘Enchanted Forest‘ wooden tree house may look a bit kitsch to us as adults from a design perspective – but for kids it is one very cool combination of fairy tale magic and real-life adventure. Held up by a combination of wooden beams and actual tree trunks, a spiral staircase connects this series of interdependent levels to effectively create a single (narrative) structure out of a number of semi-autonomous rooms and floors along the way. Each platform affords places to play as well as increasingly interesting views of the surrounding treescapes. -Via Dornob stumble Tumblr

Morris Arboretum Tree Adventure Morris Arboretum Tree Adventure The Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania is host to a new modern tree house resting 50 feet above the forest floor. Tree Adventure is a sprawling, 450′ walkway suspended in the canopy that gives its visitors a birds-eye view of the forest below. The design, created by Metcalfe Architecture and Design, features a modern shelter at its center, a man-made bird’s nest, long, angular walkways and a canopy net where visitors can relax above the forest. The design was given the “Best of Philly” award for architecture in 2010, as a public space that promotes community and education while adopting modern design standards.

Invest $50,000 on Treehouse? Victoria Beckham Does! We have been reading that earlier nomads use to reside on trees with no house of their own. History Repeats! But this time with an exception as it is governed by ‘in’ factor and is neither accidental nor incidental. Posh was spotted picking this 9ft Treetent touted as world’s most expensive treehouse at America’s plush Neiman Marcus store. Some more facts that prove its worthiness. Via Luxist 10 Stunning Kids' Bedrooms That Prove Great Design Isn't Just for Grownups Most parents know that children's tastes change as quickly as they grow, but that doesn't mean that you can't create a space that they are sure to love for many years to come and that you'll be happy to have grace your home. These stunning kids' rooms prove that kids' rooms can be both fun and chic. Pop of Color This bedroom was designed by Martenson Jones Interiors for one very lucky little girl. We love how the designers make an all white room so exciting by adding pops of color with turquoise and chartreuse in unexpected places such as behind the bookshelves as well as in a few standout pieces such as the headboard, throw blanket, and pouf/ottoman. The built-in cabinets and desk make it clear that this room was truly a custom design, but the pops of color against white make it a great inspiratation room for both those who have free reign over their homes and those who are renting and may not be able to change wall colors.

Tree House by Safdie Rabines Architects Since the mid-1990s, recreational tree houses have enjoyed a rise in popularity. They are built among the branches, around or next to the trunk of one or more mature trees, and are raised above the ground. Tree houses can be used for recreation, work space, habitation or as temporary retreats. Wood is commonly used for structural parts and cladding due to its strength, light weight and low cost. Steel is used for brackets, cables and bolts, including specialized tree bolts capable of supporting up to 6,000 pounds. via safdierabines.com Lofted Forest Home: Organic Curves & Natural Materials Good things come to those who wait – particularly in a work of uniquely detailed and highly curved architecture. Nearly a decade in the making, this structure by Robert Harvey Oshatz is much like a tree house – lofted toward the top of the canopy around it – only bigger, grander, more complex and curved than most any tree house in the world. The perimeter of the structure is pushed out into the forest around it, curving in and out to create views as well as a sense of intimacy with the coniferous and deciduous tree cover. The curved, organic mix of materials continues to the interior of this elevated forest home – a conceptual play on the fluidity and complexity of music (the source of inspiration for the architect and client in the design).

THE SLIFR MOVIE TREE HOUSE #1: INTRODUCTIONS Jim, Sheila, Jason: Welcome, all, to the inaugural edition of the SLIFR Movie Tree House, one which I hope will become an annual tradition in the style of a certain other yearly gathering of movie-oriented brains to both celebrate and perform an autopsy on the film year just past. But before I introduce this year’s participants, a word about the name of our enterprise would probably be, if nothing else, at least good form. The previous coy reference to that “certain other yearly gathering” was of course directed at the Slate Movie Club, and though we are here essentially lifting the e-mail exchange-critical roundtable format from the Movie Club wholesale, I didn’t exactly feel right about simply calling our version the SLIFR or any other kind of Movie Club. So, in thinking about what I wanted to brand our little undertaking, I imagined that if theSlate folks really were a club, then their exchanges would naturally be happening in a clubhouse. And what about True Grit, Jim? Dennis

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