Tree houses which have been built by indigenous people since time immemorial have become a subject of exploration with modern architects lately. Architects from around the world are experimenting with the design of tree houses that demonstrate minimal living, provide unrestricted views of surrounding natural beauty, sensitive and respectful for the environment. Here are some of the architecturally impressive tree houses built around the world.
Tree houses, Dolomites, Italy
Designed by the Milan based studio, Peter Pichler Architecture, the project was envisioned to blend architecture with nature and create a new experience of living in the woods. The units comprise of two levels and range from 35 to 45 m2. The lower level has a small reading/lounge area, while the upper level includes the sleeping area and a small bathroom.
Pinecone Treehouse, California
Located in the redwood forests in California, the tree house floats 60 feet above the ground. Designed by Justin Fieder, the structure offers 360-degree views of the forest. It is primarily constructed from a five and a half ton steel and wood geodesic frame, covered in acrylic window panels that are influenced by the classic pinecone shape. The tree house includes space for a double bed with a mini bathroom which has a hot shower, composting toilet, and a sink.
Transparent glass treehouse, Mexico
Named as ‘chantli kuaulakoyokan’- house in the tree top, the tree house is constructed of transparent glass by architect Gerardo Broissin in Mexico city. By replacing conventional warm wood with cold glazing, the design attempts to highlight the loss of a child’s innocence over time. In addition to the glass structure that covers approximately 7 m2, Broissin has created a lushly planted ‘micro forest’ that surrounds it.
Pigna Treehouse, Malborghetto, Italy
Completely made of out xlam wood insulated with wood fiber, covered with larch wooden shingles, the tree houses project was born from the desire to create a compact structure that serves not only as a refuge for man but also a natural, integrated element of its environment. Designed by Architetto Beltrame Claudio, the project includes two structures on three separate levels raised as high as ten meters above ground. The lowest level is at four meters above the ground and serves as a panoramic covered terrace. The second level has a set of stairs that leads to the interior having a living room, kitchen, and a bathroom. The third level houses the bedroom which is accessed by a wooden staircase.
Floating cabin, Sweden
Situated near the Lule River, the treehouse also offers vistas of the Northern Lights at night. Designed by the Swedish architect firm, Snøhetta, the structure is supported by twelve columns and covers 55 m2 of space that includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, lounge area, and a netted outdoor bed to take in the views. The external cladding has been done with charred boards of pine, while internally the surfaces have been cladded in light finishes, such as ash wood and birch plywood. Constructed with the aim to bridge the gap between people and nature, the house can accommodate five people providing them with uninterrupted views of the distant lule river and lapland treetops.
Treehouse with bamboo modules
Indonesian firm Budi Pradono Architects has constructed the beautiful treehouse using the Tampah as a decorative module. Tampah is an 18th-century basket-like segment with a woven pattern of bamboo and was used ages ago to separate grains from gravel and debris. The structure sits five-meter above the ground supported by bamboo columns. It comprises of circular modules tied parallel or diagonal to each other, forming a massive inverted triangular form. Light sources are provided outside to create a shaded ambiance.
Tree House, Nature Zone Resort, Munnar, Kerala
NatureZone resort is located at a height of 6000m above MSL on a scenic hillside in Munnar offers luxury bamboo tree houses with stunning views. Built on living trees, these tree houses are perfect for a stay close to nature. These houses come with large bathrooms and balconies which offer a great view of the forest.
Vanya Tree House
Situated in close proximity to the Periyar National Park, in an evergreen forest, Vanya tree house offers a stay that connects people with natural surrounding and leaves them with experience that lasts forever. Amidst the mountain mist, far away from the bustling city life, the Vanya tree house is considered as one of the best tree houses in South India.
The Woodman’s Treehouse, Dorset
Designed by in west Dorset, the Woodman’s Treehouse offers a luxury escape in the middle of the wilderness. The treehouse was collaboratively designed by Guy Mallinson & Keith Brownlie of Brownlie Ernst and Marks. As the architects quote, the Woodsman’s Treehouse is all about being amongst the trees and up in the branches, enjoying and admiring them while not damaging them in any way. It incorporates a great deal of wood craftsmanship throughout, along with a variety of additional materials that are either found or made in the woods.
Walker’s Point Treehouse, Canada
This vertically stacked tree house is designed by Lukasz Kos of Kos Architects. Supported by four trees, the tree house blends in remarkably well with its surroundings. Spreading over 3500 sq ft of living space, the tree house looks most spectacular at night when it shines like a Japanese lantern suspended in the forest.