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20 Tree House Pictures: Play-Club Plans to Big-Kid Houses

20 Tree House Pictures: Play-Club Plans to Big-Kid Houses
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. Their specialty seems to lie somewhere between playful little fantasy structures and big educational spaces for children engaged in wildlife observation, forest ecology and related nature-oriented pursuits. 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 are like mansions, fortresses or castles – just set up on stilts instead of sitting on the ground.

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Man builds ingenious treehouse elevator using a bike (Video) : TreeHugger There's often an element of magic and fantasy when it comes to building treehouses, but probably not so much when it comes to climbing up all those steps to get into a treehouse, day in and day out... oof! Fatigued of scaling up the ladder to the 30-foot high treehouse that he is currently constructing, Sandpoint, Idaho resident Ethan Schlussler created this neat bicycle-powered treehouse elevator. See it in action:

Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers The cocoon-like Baobed treehouse is a tiny sleeping capsule designed for adventure seekers that like waking up in exotic places. This small retreat can be suspended among tree branches, supported on a carrier, placed on a beach, a rooftop, near a river or even in the middle of a pond. Baobed’s oval shape was inspired by exotic fruit that dangles from the branches of baobab trees, known as the “tree of life,” characteristic of African landscapes.

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. We wouldn’t mind a nap on that net high in this Pennsylvania forest.

Incredible Space Maximization in a Small Studio Apartment You’ve seen a lot of ingenious ideas on how to decorate small studio apartments on Freshome. Here is another tiny apartment that manages to maximize space and create a cozy living environment as well. The East Village Studio Apartment comes from JPDA Architects, stretches over an area of 46 square meters (500 square feet) and was built as a little “nest” for the owners who also work here. It has all the utilities a common looking contemporary home has and dare we say a lot more. This original crib has storage space and shelves in the most unusual and unexpected places, reducing clutter and contributing to a clean and fresh interior design. The wood gives this home its warmth which is “intensified” by the friendly vegetation pots spread around the open studio.

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.

You Won't Find This In Your Backyard. This Family Took Their Treehouse To The Next Level. Prepare to make your childhood-self extremely jealous. Heck, even your adult-self will be jealous of this amazing treehouse! This modern take on the childhood staple makes the perfect getaway for a lucky German family. It was created by the architects at Baumraum, a company that specializes in creating inspiring dwellings for children and adults alike. Finca Bellavista: Highflying Treehouses Nestled in the Rainforest Canopy Finca Bellavista is located in a relatively pristine part of Costa Rica far removed from the hubbub of the outside world. The nearest town is 1.5 miles away and has just a school, a church, a pulperia, a bus stop, a handful of houses, and a soccer field. How’s that for getting away from the big city? And while the village is focused on providing a place for humans to dwell, interact with, and grow within the treetop realm, Finca Bellavista’s founders, Erica and Matt Hogan, are committed to being stewards of the land and environment that surrounds it.

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. Treehouse living has been the dream of many since childhood, and to celebrate our drive to escape here are 10 of the very best treehouses in the modern world. Pandoras Box - Tiny Houses With a Purpose Simplicity taken to the extreme By Fida Wild Inspired by the 19th century American writer Henry David Thoreau, who lived two years in a small cabin near lake Walden, Massachusetts - German designer and architect Lars Holger Moormann created a multi-purpose garden shed called Walden. Downsizing taken seriously The wooden box may be tiny, nevertheless there's a place for everything. It offers ultra functional storage room for garden tools - from garden hose to wheelbarrow - and living quarters with barbecue, built in woodshed and dishes neatly placed like decorating objects in sunken cabinets accessible

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. Tree-Inspired House Has Green Canopy & Geothermal Roots Concepts play a central role in architectural studio projects, but sometimes grow into real-life buildings as well Whether this ‘house tree’ was too literally developed or well-designed is still up for debate, though the sketched diagrams from Ignatov Architects are impressive either way. Trees have water-channeling and light-absorbing foliage, supported by branches that funnel nutrients to keep it alive … but that also preserve and serve to shelter what plants and animals lie below. Root systems provide underground stability but also draw sustenance from the earth. Like leaves, the upper layers of this home draw in solar energy and drain water toward a collection reservoir below – inside, real living greenery produces oxygen for inside the house (while selectively-tinted glass protects human inhabitants).

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