Every home is unique. Some, however, are more interesting than others. Take treehouses, for example. All of my memories of treehouses relate back to one thing: my childhood. As a kid, my friends and I used to spend our summers building treehouses in the backyard.
Nowadays, I see that treehouses can be much more than just a hangout for kids. In fact, some people have a treehouse as a permanent home. Some treehouses are used as hotel rooms, others as diners. No matter their main purpose, treehouses all seem to share one thing in common: a getaway from everyday life.
Take the Naha Harbor Diner, located in Okinawa, Japan. The diner is accessible by a spiral stairway and an elevator that’s built inside the tree trunk. Before you try to wrap your head around how a tree could have an elevator built inside its trunk, I should tell you the tree is fake. It’s 20 feet high and made of concrete, although real vines are planted on it. Even though the tree is fake, the concept is fascinating.
If you’re like Foster Huntington, author of “The Cinder Cone,” maybe you want to live in a treehouse. Huntington quit his job as a designer for Ralph Lauren in New York City and planted his roots in the Columbia River Gorge in the Northwest. He built a multi-platform treehouse, which features a soaking tub overlooking the mountains, and named it The Cinder Cone. To get your mind wrapped around everything involved in living in the trees, Huntington documented the building process in a short Vimeo documentary.
Next on the list is the Mirrorcube, a Treehotel located in Harads, Sweden. It features an aluminum frame around the tree trunk and walls covered with reflective glass. You may not think a treehouse would be technologically advanced; however, all Treehotel rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi. A shower and sauna are located in two separate buildings. The Mirrorcube is designed by Bolle Tham and Martin Videgard, whose award-winning designs feature clean lines and striking profiles. The Mirrorcube, despite featuring the Tham and Videgard hallmarks, look right at home in the woods, perched upon a tree.
Teahouse Tetsu, located in Hokuto City, Japan, allows guests to enjoy the purple and pink cherry blossom trees that surround it. Built by Terunobu Fujimori, this treehouse is supported by a single cypress trunk and is sturdy enough to outlast stormy weather and earthquakes.
If you’re looking for something fancy, E’terra Samara may be for you. Located in Canada’s Bruce Peninsula forest, each of the 12 treehouse villas are suspended from the trees, instead of nailed into the arbors. The setup is comparable to a studio apartment and includes a sleeping section and a living section.
No two treehouses are alike, with no end to their shapes and sizes. If you’re interested in seeing more, take a look at these magnificent treehouses.
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