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. -Via Dornob stumble Tumblr
Top 100 Photos of the Year 2012 *Please note the photographs themselves were not necessarily taken in 2012, they just happened to be featured as a POTD this year. The pictures are also listed in reverse chronological order. There is no ranking amongst the photos Enjoy! Photograph by Robert Elves on Flickr Photograph by Stephen Wilkes | Prints available Photograph by George Steinmetz Photograph by Andrew Choy Photograph by Jakub Polomski on 500px Photograph via The Natioanl Archives and Records Administration Photograph by Caleb Charland COPYRIGHT© 2012 RMS TITANIC, INC; Produced by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Photograph by Jason Pope Photograph by Dan Fisher Photograph by Scott Robertson Photograph by Berenice Abbott Photograph by NASA/GSFC/SDO Photograph by Liammm on Reddit Photograph by haqbar on Reddit Photograph by Marcus Peabody Photograph by The Lost Gardens of Heligan Photograph by sleepychinchilla on Flickr Photograph by Scott Hutcheson (SMHutch Photography on Flickr) Photograph by Mario Neumann (scuba.hamburg on Flickr)
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 wood and metal detailing is incredible in its variety and customization – each piece designed to fit a particular form and function. 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 10 Most Adorable Unusual Animal Friendships Ah, interspecies animal love – it’s something we simply adore at the PBH Network. So we did a little research and found the 10 most adorable unusual animal friendships for your viewing pleasure: 10. A Chimpanzee Adopts An Orphaned Puma Cub At the The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in South Carolina, 5 year old chimpanzee Anjana took up the task of helping to hand-raise an orphaned cub named Sierra. The results were expectedly adorable! 9. A shorty but goody: a rabbit befriends an inquisitive deer with a touch of noses to solidify their new-found friendship! 8. Who doesn’t want a furry cuddle buddy? 7. From the Daily Mail, Anzac the baby kangaroo was abandoned and upon taking up residence at the Wildlife Kilmore Rescue Centre in Victoria, Australia, became friends with Peggy the baby wombat.
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. 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.
National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - In Focus National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [45 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Many people pilgrimage to Uluru, but what is seen there often depends on where you've come from. Eruption of the Cordon del Caulle. Beluga whales in the arctic having fun. This is a streetcar in New Orleans traveling back towards The Quarter on St. This image captures almost 6 hours of climbing parties on Rainier going for the summit under starry skies. Russia, polar region of West Siberia, Tazovsky Peninsula.
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.
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. 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. Contact Finca Bellavista for more information about visiting and even investing in your own plot. Finca Bellavista Video Finca Bellavista Gallery
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. 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 Harad’s Reflective Tree Hotel Gallery
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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. via safdierabines.com