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Web Exclusive | August 2014

5 Tree Houses you have to 'see it to believe it'

Every child has grown up with the dream of building and living in a tree house. Few architects have translated this childhood dream into reality…
We bring to you 5 treehouses you have to see to believe!

What appears to be a massive beehive is the Whimsical Yellow Tree house restaurant in New Zealand that towers above the Redwood forest. Grafted onto a 40-meter-high redwood tree, the project is constructed of plantation poplar slats, redwood balustrading milled at the site, and it makes extensive use of natural lighting throughout.
German company Baumraum - known for their tree houses - designed an elliptical pod around two oak trees that looks like an egg! Located in Gross Ippener, North Germany and called Treehouse Djuren, this fabulous piece of architecture is accessed by 2 ship ladders, the first leads to the lower terrace at 3.8m above ground and the second ladder continues on the upper terrace at 10.6m above ground. The elliptical shape of the dwelling creates an egg shaped profile from the side and the architects have played this up by cladding the sides in a shiny egg white finish surrounding a wood framed window that resembles a yolk. Aside from the glossy white sides, Treehouse Djuren is all wood with the exception of the sheet zinc roof.
The HemLoft, as its creator Joel Allen calls it, is built around the trunk of a hemlock tree on a sloping rocky hillside in the woods of Whistler, Canada. Taking on a vaguely egg-like shape, the little structure is actually serviceable as a hikers shelter or short-term home.
These spectacular tree snake houses designed by architects Luis and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade are situated in the Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort in Portugal. They practically snake their way into the forest in total harmony with nature with their long and slender built form on stilts. The architects make beautiful use of wood and other natural materials in accordance to the overall sustainability plan of the resort. Moreover, in order to have a minimal impact on the surrounding eco-system, the modular tree houses were prefabricated and only assembled on site.
Stockholm-based architects Tham + Videgard Hansson Arkitekter have designed the Mirrorcube, an exciting hide-out among the trees, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect their surroundings. The base consists of an aluminum frame around the tree trunk and the walls are covered with reflective glass. To prevent birds from flying into the mirrored walls, they have been clad with infrared film. The colour is invisible to humans, but visible to the birds. Part of the Tree Hotel, a trip to Sweden to live in this tree house is a must do!
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