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Jun 28, 2012

Make like a Treehouse and Leave: 6 Droolworthy Arboreal Abodes

Even with the 100° temperatures, the unrelenting scorch of the sun and frightful humidity, I've still got a case of cabin fever. Like, the kind of fever where the only solution is an escape to an actual cabin, preferably one built in a tree.   Any would do. Really, any. But especially, one of these six amazing architectural treehouses.

This 100ft tall structure is actually a 10,000 sq ft church, built by a minister in Tennessee over eleven years, without blue prints. Oh, and there's a four story swingset inside. Learn more at Colossal. 

Those steps! The HemLoft (pictured at top) is an egg-shaped adventure by Joel Allen near Whistler, British Columbia. The actual location is unknown, since it was built on government lands. So, a true secret treehouse. Check out a video of the spot at the Hairpin.

"This tree-top hotel room by Swedish architects Cyrén & Cyrén is accessed via a bridge leading from the hilly forest to an entrance on the roof." And the interior is stunning. See more at Dezeen.

This Swiss-style chalet is built between two Western Red Cedars near Seattle. And a family actually lives there, year round. Learn more at Seattle Met.

On the contrast, this organic treehouse by Yestermorrow has a spacious and nearly empty floorplan save for a few hammocks, so you and your friends can camp out and tell ghost stories.

Seattle-based TreeHouse Workshop have built hundreds of structures in the the past few years, including this rope-bridged guy in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Do you have any favorite arboreal architecture? Please post links in the comments below. 

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Alert Electrical on Jul 05, 2012:

Oh wow, they are all amazing but that church one is the best by far - and not like any church I've ever seen!


Lizzie on Jun 28, 2012:

The Swiss Family Robinson house was one of my favorite "rides" at Disney World when I was a kid.  I would KILL for one of these.