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Monday, June 13, 2011

Truly Tree House

Wilkinson Residence
Architect, artist, magician, Robert Harvey Oshatz is all of that and so much more. He is the organic architect responsible for this magnificent home up in the canopy; the coolest house in the trees that you will likely ever see. The unique Wilkinson Residence graces the wooded landscape outside of Portland, Oregon. This treehouse would turn even the Swiss Family Robinson green with envy. More than likely you too will have a more than a twinge of desire to live in it. (Link | Via)

Spider's Leg Tree house
We're no strangers to Germany's tree house makers extraordinaire Baumraum, so when we saw another brilliant arboreal home design from them, we knew we had to share it with you! The house resides at World of Living , a showspace/amusement park for sustainable housing company WeberHaus and greets visitors with its curvy body perched atop super skinny spider-like "legs". The unusual shape and clean lines are Baumraum's signature, and there are a lot of other cool features, so check them all out in our slide show. (Link | Via)

Teahouse Tree house
Japanese professor of architecture Terunobu Fujimori built his boyhood dream in his father's garden in 2004.
 It's a teahouse on stilt. (Link | Via)

Tree house Restaurant
The Naha Harbor Diner in Okinawa, Japan, lies at the very top of a huge Gajumaru tree about 20 feet above the ground. Sadly, that is not a real Gajumaru tree, it's actually concrete. Customers actually have to get in an elevator inside the trunk to reach the restaurant. (Link)

Yellow Tree house
The concept of building a tree house on a redwood tree was quite challenging and required a range of consultants to get resources and building consent, and to get construction underway in the limited time of four months. The design is an organic oval form wrapped around the trunk and structurally tied up top and bottom, with a circular arrangement, split apart on the axis with a raised floor portion. The timber binding forms basis of the main structure. Glue-laminated plantation poplar pine has been used for the slats. It is around 10m wide and over 12m high with seating 10m off the ground. The kitchen and toilets are on the ground. It has the capacity to occupy 18 people with all the comforts such as bar, structural soundness, and unobstructed views into the valley. (Link | Via)

Beach Rock Tree house
This treehouse by Japanese builder Kobayahsi Takashi was constructed with the express purpose of
communicating with outer space. “A sparkling beacon among treetops, it is easy to imagine the dome
succeeding at its mission to make contact with alien life,” writes Nelson. (Link)

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