Thursday, 21 Jul, 2011 Environment

Top 10 Most Creative Treehouses


10. Invisible Treehouse

Not so long ago a treehotel consisting of 6 units has opened in Sweden. The hotel is located 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of the Arctic Circle and is composed of the cabin, the blue cone, the nest, the mirrorcube, the UFO and the room with a view. Different architects worked on each of the six structures.

It is worth mentioning that all of the units were made using sustainable harnessed wood. In addition, all of them boast electric radiant floor heating.

The "invisible unit" is in fact a mirror cube that is rather difficult to spot in the woods. In order to prevent birds from crashing into the construction, the designer of the treehotel Kent Lindvall decided to apply a special film to the glass. The birds will be able to see the film and dodge the structure.

The mirrorcube is the work of Tham & Videgard architects. It sits 4 meters above the ground and measures 4 meters in width. It is attached to a single tree and covered entirely in mirrored glass.

It would be interesting to note that all units were designed with the goal of merging with nature, becoming part of it.

More information on the project is available here.

9. Treehouse from Casa Na Arvore

The Brazilian company called Casa na Arvore has been constructing treehouses since 2003.

This house was constructed near an entrance to the rain forest between the states of Parana and Sao Paulo in Brazil. Sitting 10 feet above the ground it can accommodate up to 6 adults.

To get to the mid hexagonal section of the treehouse you need to climb 65.5 feet up a number of platforms connected with the help of winding staircases. Guests can go even higher, to the upper section which is the lookout tower. Designers also decided to include a remote-controlled drawbridge. The latter is used to help guests that came with their dogs, ensuring their pets are secured from foxes and snakes that live in the woods.

It is worth mentioning that the Brazilian company builds treehouses in a way so the construction process would not harm trees. The firm cuts only unhealthy trees and so far not one tree suffered from its projects.

8. The Trillium

Located on an incredible cedar tree, this treehouse received its name after the white flower that blooms once in seven years at the base of the tree. The designer of this wonder is Peter Nelson, who has been building treehouses ever since he was a kid. He recalls the days when he was a 5 year old boy and helped his father build his first treehouse.

To get to the first floor of the construction, you will need to climb up 16 feet and only then witness an open plan with two beautiful reading chairs, a writing desk and of course a place where you can leave your travel stuff.

Using a ships ladder you can climb up to the loft where a queen-size bed is located, but the most impressive is the view. The house itself is located on one side of a tree.

More information you can see in the video below.

7. Yellow Treehouse Restaurant

Apart from other treehouses that serve as hotels or places where people live in, this example of a treehouse is a restaurant constructed in New Zealand as part of an advertising campaign for the Yellow Pages.

Located 12 meters high and boasting a width of 10 meters, the restaurant is the work of architects from Pacific Environments Peter Eising and Lucy Gauntlett.

The treehouse is built around a redwood tree, which is over 40 meters high and has a diameter of the base measuring 1.7 meters. Wrapping the trunk of the tree, the restaurant is also structurally tied at its top and bottom. This particular redwood tree was chosen because it is one of the biggest on the site.

It is worth mentioning that the concept of the treehouse restaurant was driven by the wonderful, captivating site that is raised over an open meadow and twisting stream on the edge of the woods.

To get to the treehouse, guests have to walk over a 60-meter tree-top walkway, which is really a fun thing to do. Inside the restaurant there is a bar and space for 18 seated people.

At the ground level guests will be able to see the catering facilities and pay a visit to the toilet if they feel the need. Everything was designed to be water resistant. Designers also paid a lot of attention to the lighting.

More information on the project can be found here.

6. The Inkaterra Canopy Tree House

The Inkaterra's Canopy Tree House was built to offer guests an unforgettable rainforest experience, being located on a remote site inside the Peruvian South Eastern Amazon Rainforest.

Found at the highest platform of the Canopy Walkway, the treehouse sits about 30 meters above the ground.

Inside guests will be able to find 2 beds, a drop-leaf wooden table, folding chair, a portable toilet, and windows equipped with removable mosquito netting.

The treehouse allows guests to observe different wild animal species that cannot be spotted from the ground.

Guests willing to get to the treehouse will be accompanied by their own private guide who will take them on a short boat trip to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, where the treehouse is located.

Guests also have the opportunity to explore the extensive tree top paths linked with the help of a suspension bridge that connects 8 observation platforms and two towers each being 30 meters high. For more information click here.

5. Fairy Tale Treehouse from Blueforest

Blueforest is the firm responsible for this cute treehouse for kids located at a secret location in the United Kingdom. It boasts a beautiful fairy tale-like roof and a 45 meter zip wire that allows kids to "fly" right out of the house.

The treehouse is enriched with native foliage, which gives it the look of a house from a storybook.

From its 6-meter high tower guests can get a wonderful view of the forest. In order to get to the tower children can use a spiral staircase found inside.

The company focuses on designing a wide range of treehouses that can be customized in order to meet the needs of its clientele. In addition, Blueforest can equip its treehouses with a number of sustainable features such as solar water heating equipment and rainwater harvesting systems.

4. Finca Bellavista Treehouse Community in Costa Rica

Located in a rainforest, the sustainable treehouse community from Finca Bellavista represents a series of private treehouses, a dining hall, a lounge located in the open air with wireless access to high-speed Internet, bath house and even a wedding garden. All the structures are connected with the help of zip lines and sky bridges.

The founders of the community are Matthew and Erica Hogan. Their idea was to create a place where people could spend some time in peace, far from the noise cities. There are two rivers running along the property and offering guests crystal clear water.

In addition, visitors can observe the beautiful large waterfalls where they are free to dive in.

It is also possible to spot wild lizards, monkeys and other animals living in the area and wake up in the morning to the songs of more than 850 recorded species of birds.

3. Hang Nga aka Crazy House

This creepy structure is in fact a hotel located in Dalat, Vietnam. Unlike all the other treehouses presented in the list, this one is not built on the branches of trees - it is actually a real tree.

Dubbed the Hang Nga Guesthouse, the hotel received the name from the architect who designed and built it, Hang Viet Nga.

Although on the outside the house looks spooky, inside it is quite original. Guests can climb the ladders leading into different niches, crannies and through tunnels.

The Crazy Hotel looks more like a gallery, where visitors can have a cup of tee inside a huge giraffe or spider.

In addition, the house boasts a number of theme rooms, several outdoor balconies and even a monkey cage. Some travel sites say that the architect is always there to talk with guests about the weird design of the treehouse.

More information on this creepy and nice treehouse can be foudn here.

2. World's Biggest Treehouse from Horrace Burges

Located in Crossville, Tennessee, this treehouse was built by Horrace Burges, a landscape architect who one day decided that he needs to take a hammer and create a large wooden house.

The final result was a 10-story structure that has roughly 10,000 square feet. The material used to build this incredibly huge treehouse was recycled lumber which was donated or salvaged from various demolition sites.

According to Horrace, most of the material he used was donated to him. The work cost around $12,000, with the biggest share of that money being spent on nails.

To reach the first floor of the house, which is supported by a single tree, it is necessary to climb 100 feet up using a spiral staircase.

Although the author of the project says that the work is still not finished, the wooded mansion has already managed to attract a lot of tourists.

1. Cedar Creek Treehouse

Cedar Creek Treehouse represents a privately owned one-room hotel located 10 miles from the Nisqually River Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park in Ashford, WA, United States.

The treehouse sits 50 feet (15.24 meters) above the ground and its authors are Bill Compher and his family. It would be interesting to note that the hotel is part of a complex of structures constructed to transport tourists into the high reaches of the forest.

The 61-year-old Compher built the treehouse for his family back in 1981. The hotel is tied to a 250-year-old Western Red Cedar. It measures 16 square feet and features an enclosed porch equipped with a sunroom and toilet.

Inside guests will be able to find a small propane stove, kitchen sink and ice chest, bookcases and propane heater. There's also a loft with two double-sized beds and skylights and windows.

Besides, the designer decided to equip his treehouse with a small PV system that offers 12-volt electricity for reading.

From 1981 to 1983 the structure was used as home for Compher and his family, but after they moved to a larger home, the treehouse remained unused until 1995 when Bill came up with the idea of turning it into a hotel in the sky.

Since then he added a rugged, five-story staircase that helps guests get to the treehouse easier, an observation deck on the staircase and "Stairway to Heaven," a very original spiral staircase that winds around the trunk of the old cedar tree to a height of 82 feet where a canopy is built.

From there hotel guests can choose between two metal bridges: Rainbow Bridge, which can bring them to the octagonal "Observatory" that rises 100 feet above the ground and "Sun Bridge," which leads to a large Floating Treehouse.

This treehouse was included in the Times Online's list of the 10 best "one-room" hotels in 2009, Financial Times' list of the top 6 treehouses and The Guardian name it one of the 5 best treehouses in the world.

More information about the treehouse can be found here.

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