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What is it about tree houses that inspire such joy and childlike wonder? Is because there is an innate quality that still resides in us from when we once arboreal beings? I’ve saved a few bookmarks over the past few months of some of the most unique treehouses I have found around the world. Here is a collection of images that you might enjoy. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to identify some of the photographers or stories behind all them.
This is a Borneo tree house found on a post by the famous photographer George Steinmetz. From his website: The Korowai and Kombai live in tree houses that stand in clearings they have carved out of the forest. Beyond the pacification line we found people without clothing, metal, or any form of cooking vessel. This reality was made clear by the stumps of trees we saw there that had been felled (litteraly beatted to death) with stone axes, and resmbled giant shaving brushes. Although slowly dying out, there was still cannibalism in the area. Gerrit believed it to be part of their criminal justice system, as most of the tree-dwelers did not believe in natural death. The Korowai believed that most deaths were caused by sorcery, and they would try to find out who the sorcerer was to kill and eat them.
This is the pic that inspired my search, its designed by www.studiolukaszkos.com. You can find more pictures of this house here: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/08/31/4treehouse-by-lukasz-kos/
Here is one I found on thepeoplearetryingtosleep. Its based in Belzig Germany. This one is held together by suspension!
BlueForest is Sussex based treehouse developer – here are a couple of my favourite tree houses they have designed:
This tree house in Northumberland is the largest treehouse in the world – its more like a castle! Read more about it here: http://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,11711,1388619,00.html
Another treehouse developer, the treehouse-company.com based in Scotland, have got some interesting designs where the tree grows from the heart of the house.
This is a Nebraska City tree house locate at the arbour day farm, which is 50 feet high:
Here is guesthouse in Almsdorf, Germany:
Another German Treehouse Hotel!
This is an artistic tree house done in Steampunk Style:
This is another cool tree house thats in California: http://www.corbinstreehouse.com/treehouse.html
From Freshome: “‘Free Spirit Spheres’ and are designed by Tom Chudleigh, and is an eco-friendly living quarter that was created to co-exist unobtrusively with its forest environment.”
Again from the Freshome Tree House post: “Takashi Kobayashi, one of japan’s leading treehouse creators. This house was designed after an advertising agency in Tokyo, hired him to design a treehouse for a Nescafé commercial now running on Japanese television.”
Again from the Top 8 Tree House post: “German cooperative Baumraum knows how to keep imagination alive in their homes. They create treetop dwellings which integrate beautifully into their forested surroundings, and preserve the integrity of the trees that support them”
Heres one from the top 8 Tree Houses that I have included here: “Dustin Feider had a different vision: one that would be good for the tree, the environment and the deep human need to reconnect with nature and our primordial roots”
Nested 30 feet (10 M) above the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove, each Tree House has spectacular views of Kaikoura’s dramatic mountains and surf-washed Pacific coastline. Check out this New Zealand Treehouse:
I am not sure where this tree house is (original source is hungarian) but you can find more photos here: Koos.hu
Another cool treehouse from Koo.hu, has youtube video here as well:
Below is treehouse I found on Flickr, Not sure where its from, the image is tagged Karaul.ru, so if you know more about this tree house, leave a comment!
I found a superb article in Popular Mechanics of how to build an extreme treehouse. From the site Any kid in Bridgton, Maine, would want to have Peter Lewis’s playhouse in his backyard. And no wonder. Lewis has tricked it out with a drawbridge and two spiral staircases. Best of all, the whole thing floats 21 ft. off the ground.This one has me pretty giddy, click on the image below to see!
Here’s another cool tree from the travel company Across Indonesia. From the website: Explore the lowland-swampy tropical rain forest in middle-south part of Papua Irian to meet the most unique tribes who live in the tree houses around 6 to 25 meter from the ground (some can reach heights up to 50 meters!), the Korowai Tribes.
From CookedBrains.net: Okinawa’s Treehouse Restaurant. It’s actually an unusual tree house restaurant. “It’s situated up in what appears to be a tree, but it’s not a tree, just a very realistic rendition made of concrete. There’s an elevator in the trunk that takes the customers up to the restaurant.”
Horace Burgess treehouse church. Wow. From USA Today: The treehouse built by Horace Burgess rises 97 feet into the sky, the support provided by a live, 80-foot-tall white oak 12 feet in diameter at its base. Six other trees brace the tower-like fortress, but Burgess says its foundation is in God.
When in Washington State, USA, why not stay at the Cedar Creek Treehouse? Nice location!
From danielsusott.info: Hawaii’s answer to Biospheres One and Two is a great Indian banyan (Ficus) flourishing in lush Manoa Valley on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu. It comprises the Southeast corner of the “Gayasphere,” a living dome of giant bamboo and lineage-holder Bodhi trees woven together with sacred and medicinal vines.
From the New Zealand Herald:
A tree house at Titirangi and an upmarket Ponsonby pad with sweeping city views are two of the Auckland houses that took top honours in the latest regional architecture awards. read more
From Flickr, a Stockholm treehouse:
From Philly.com: “Building a tree house used to be a rite of passage for boys and girls growing up in a more rural America. These days, even setting foot in a tree house is a rare event for the typical suburban child….”
Here is one from Joanna’s Food Blog: In the autumn, we had a visit from a planning official, who said that there had been a complaint, and that we needed planning permission for “the building”….. Happily, the planners unreservedly took our side, and we did not have to demolish the treehouse.
Thanks to a comment in my blog from deb, I have included this tree house from Italy, scroll through the images by pressing either “Indietro” or “Avanti” at the top:
How about a treehouse internship? Chris Yorke had some did some work on Washington State treehouses:
Visit the Treehouse Restaraunt in New Zealand
Want to go camping up in the trees? Well how bout a tree house tent?
If you are ‘stumped’ about where to build your tree, take a cue from Kevin McKinney! Also the original source of the tree house is down, so if you know its general location, leave a comment 🙂 This picture is from Shardul.co.nz:
Frank McKinney has a neat Treehouse of Delray beach Florida: McKinney built the $25,000 treehouse in 2001 in front of his Depression-era Cape Cod cottage built by cartoonist Fontaine Fox in homage to his Toonerville Trolley strip.
The Windy Days Blog has a great post from two very beautiful treehouses, unfortunately the general location is not posted here, so if any one knows, please comment below :). I especially love the interiors!
Gentilhommière du Bois Adam near Nantes, France. Its a hotel. My kinda of hotel 🙂 This is via Una Mosca en la Luna Blog
Woohome.com shows this ‘Nest Tree House’ concept from Gerard Moline. Its a quite a different concept, but fits well with the concept of a tree home 🙂
Looking for ideas for building tree house? Check the blog This old tree house and see the progress of a tree house builder 🙂
Worlds oldest recorded treehouse, at Pitchford Estate. Check their website here or click image below
Linda Aldredge’s Treehouse – a lesson in sustainability. Read this great article about her tree house in New York (click image below) Quick quote This is a house I simply can’t afford to keep up. I can’t afford to heat it in winter, which most cabins have to be in upstate otherwise you’ll have burst pipes, etc. I can’t afford a mortgage. I can’t afford water and septic costs. I can’t afford property taxes. It had to be sustainable. Just the very nature of my life forces me to choose this option.
During May 2009, the Author of this blog stayed at Out and About Treehouse resort – click on the photo below to see more pics from our experience!
Other Links and resources:
Click below to go to businessweeks article on ‘super treehouses’:
5.Aug.2012: Check out Fuck Yeah Treehouses for latest updates on treehouses.
21.Dec.2008 A ‘Happy Holidays Update’ 🙂 Stump Tree House from Kevin Mckinney was added. Also another McKinney (Frank, who is in Florida) has a magnicent tree house in a strangler fig. A few pics from the from Windy Days Blog show incredible treehouses, with some very cool interior shots. Also Gentilhommière du Bois Adam near Nantes, France, hotel Tree house. This is via Una Mosca en la Luna Blog. Feel like nesting? How about this unique Nest Tree House concept from Gerald Moline. Looking for ideas for building tree house? Check the blog This old tree house. Whats a treehouse without a few drinkies? Down a few at the Tree House Bar in South Africa. Do you like your treehouses aged to perfection? – check out the worlds oldest recorded treehouse. Read aboutLinda Aldredge’s Treehouse – a lesson in sustainability. And finally, If you have chance, check out Pete Nelsons ‘Tree House Workshop’ in Oregon!
19.Nov.2008 Tree House Tent Added
1.Nov.2008 Tree House restaurant New Zealand
19.Jan.2008: Four new tree houses have been added found from the ‘top 8 treehouses of the world post‘ on Freshome (added to the end of the post).